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May 12th, 2019

Bezos in D.C. Presents His Visions in Space Will Be More than Once in a Blue Moon 

The event took place in Washington D.C. where the power brokers and visionaries gathered to learn of the plans proposed by Blue Origin's founder Jeff Bezos who announced his plans to go to space to benefit Earth. He also announced specifics about the Blue Moon lunar lander that is capable of taking people and payloads to the lunar surface.  The other major announcements are accessible in this youtube video:

  • Blue Moon lunar lander: Blue Origin announced Blue Moon, its large lunar lander, is capable of delivering multiple metric tons of payload to the lunar surface based on configuration and mission. The cargo variant revealed today can carry 3.6 metric tons to the surface. The company has also designed a variant of the lander that can stretch to be capable of carrying a 6.5-metric-ton, human-rated ascent stage. Blue Origin also announced it can meet the current administration's goal of putting Americans on the Moon by 2024 with the Blue Moon lunar lander. 
  • BE-7 engine: The Blue Moon lunar lander will be powered by the BE-7 engine, a new addition to Blue Origin’s family of engines. The BE-7’s 40 kN (10,000 lbf) thrust is designed for large lunar payload transport. The engine’s propellants are a highly-efficient combination of liquid oxygen and liquid hydrogen. The BE-7 will have its first hotfire this summer. The engine will be available for sale to other companies for use for in-space and lander applications.
  • Club For the Future: A non-profit organization founded by Blue Origin is dedicated to inspiring and engaging the next generation of dreamers and space entrepreneurs as they journey to preserve Earth and unlock the potential of living and working in space. The Club for the Future will bring together K-12 students, educators and leaders for campaigns and initiatives utilizing Blue Origin’s unique access to space. The Club’s first activity will be to send a postcard to space and back on a future New Shepard mission—the first ever space mail.