In September 2016, the Executive Director of the company SpaceX Elon Musk has announced his ambitious plans for the conquest and colonization of Mars. Earlier this week, he once again surprised the public with news that SpaceX is going to the end of 2018, send in a tour to the moon of two civilians. However, as it turned out, was going to the moon not only Musk.
Billionaire and founder of companies such as Amazon and Blue Origin, Jeff Bezos said that he was going to create between the earth and the Moon present the transport line and to send to our companion not only goods but also people. According to the plans of Bezos, unmanned missions to the moon forces his company Blue Origin is scheduled to begin by July 2020.
The News reported by the newspaper The Washington Post, which, incidentally, also belongs to Bezos. According to the information provided, the company Blue Origin has built and sent a seven-page document in the space Agency NASA and the transition team of US President Donald trump, which describes the ambitious plans of Bezos. In this document, the head of Amazon, among other things, asks NASA to launch a proactive campaign "to attract the attention of the private sector to the capabilities of the delivery to the moon of different loads". It also States that the effectiveness and attractiveness of this business will depend on the level of expertise and support that will be able to provide his company NASA.
"Our knowledge and experience in working with liquid hydrogen and vertical landing will soon pave the way for landing missions to the moon," — wrote Bezos.
"eager to implement it, and with the support of NASA, I am willing to invest in this project your own personal money."
According to the plan Bezos, the South pole of the moon lander "Blue Moon" (existing only in the form of ideas) that you can get with rockets NASA "SLS" and "Atlas-5" owned by United Launch Alliance, or own rocket "New Glenn". The unit itself will operate on the basis of solar panels.
"in the lunar landing payload landing module can be used for research or deployment of Rovers. The module robotic arm can be used, for example, to study the lunar surface with the help of numerous scientific instruments" — shared Bezos.
But the next steps of this project can be traced not so clearly, even if all eventually goes to plan. In the same document sent Bessom, said that the main goal of the project is the creation of a "permanent habitable lunar settlements" and the cargo delivery to the moon would be a first step towards the implementation of the plan.
It Should be noted that, despite several launches of the New Shepard in General around the company direct hung some veil of mystery about what is really going on inside of her. Especially it becomes noticeable on the background of the pathos of preference from the main competitor in the face of SpaceX. So talking about the level that the company has managed to actually achieve it prematurely.
All of us from time to time "fills", but when you're a huge piece of metal traveling through space, the effects of "drift" can be somewhat more pitiable than usual.
In Hainan province located in southern China, conducted a technical inspection of the «Changzheng-7 Y2», of the carrier rocket of new generation.
on Monday, the founder of the private aerospace company SpaceX Elon Musk announced plans for the first ever commercial space mission, sending two civilians to the moon on Board of the spacecraft "Dragon 2".