Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos is about to make a big announcement about his spaceflight company, Blue Origin.
The world’s richest man will make an appearance today (May 9) at 4 p.m. EDT (2100 GMT) in Washington, D.C. He will share his vision for his multibillion-dollar venture, the Blue Origin rocket company, including plans for the lunar missions.
“We will give you an update on our progress and share our vision of going to space to benefit Earth,” Blue Origin representatives said in a media advisory.
The company didn’t provide any further information. However, Blue Origin dropped a hint on Twitter with a picture of Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, sitting amid polar pack ice.
5.9.19 pic.twitter.com/BzvwCsDM2T— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) April 26, 2019
There’s a crater on the Moon bearing Shackleton’s name. The Shackleton Crater region is a pretty good spot for a lunar outpost because of a significant amount of water ice that is thought to exist there.
The company is currently developing a lunar lander called Blue Moon. It will be able to deliver about 5 tons (4.5 metric tons) of payload to the moon’s surface.
“Blue Origin’s space tourism business will be up and running this year; its massive New Glenn rocket could ready to fly in 2021; and Bezos has been more open in recent months about plans to ferry cargo to the moon and set up a base on its surface,” CNN reports.
Blue Origin is also working on a rocket called New Armstrong, about which very little is known. But the name might be an indication of their next destination.
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