Jeff Bezos space The Blue Woman company will bring the first woman to the surface of the moon, the billionaire said on Friday that NASA is about to reach its first decision to land a privately built moon that will be able to send astronauts to the moon by 2024.
“This (BE-7) is the first engine to take the woman to the surface of the moon,” Bezos said in a post on Instagram with a video of an engine test conducted this week at the Nunts Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. .
Blue Origin has been developing the BE-7 engine for years with a lifespan of 1,245 seconds and will propel the company’s National Team human landing system to the moon.
Blue Origin leads the “national team” as the main contractor it assembled in 2019 to help build the Blue Moon lander. The group includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper.
Blue Origin has won government contracts in recent years and is competing with multimillionaire rival Elon Musk, which is owned by Leidos Holdings, to win the contract to build NASA’s next human lunar system to take humans to the moon in the next decade. .
In April, Nasa awarded the Blue Origin team a $ 579 million moon contract, as well as two other companies: SpaceX, which received $ 135 million to help develop the Starship system, and Leidos-owned Dynetics, which earned $ 253. . -millions.
NASA is ready to select two of the three companies “in early March 2021” to continue building prototype landers for manned missions to the moon in 2024, the agency spokesman said.
The lack of funding for landing systems made available to NASA by the U.S. Congress, as well as uncertainties about the upcoming Biden administration’s opinion on space exploration, have threatened to delay NASA’s decision to advance lunar contracts. – Joey Roulette and Rama Venkat reported (c) 2020 Reuters