Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled the Lunar Lander that will land the astronaut on the moon in 2024. The lander is the result of years of development and efforts from Blueorigin. It can carry multiple metric tons of payload to the moon. The cargo variant revealed can carry 3.6metric-tons to the surface.
“This vehicle is going to the moon,” Bezos said during an invite-only presentation to media and space industry executives.
Blue Moon’s precision guidance and decent sensors utilize machine learning technology to accurately land anywhere on the lunar surface, starting with its first mission, Blueorigin claims.
In addition, Bezos unveiled the BE-7 engine, which will be used to control the lander’s descent. The BE-7’s 40kN thrust is designed for large lunar payload transport. The engine will go hot test for the first time this summer.
The Blue Moon lander will weigh differently on Moon and Earth. On Earth, it weighs roughly 33,000 pounds when it’s loaded with fuel, but by the time it touches down on the lunar surface, it will weigh a mere 7,000 pounds on Moon. For this reason, Bezos said, they had to develop a special descent engine that had “deep throttling capabilities,” so the engines could drastically reduce their force as the lander shed mass.
NASA’s Apollo 11 mission succeeded in landing the first humans on the moon on July 20, 1969.