Jeff Bezos is the founder of?
Most of the people know. Amazon.
The largest e-commerce market on the planet.
But few know about his other endeavor, Blue Origin.
Blue Origin is the most ambitious project company by Bezos and was founded in 2000. The mission of this company is to build space vehicles and rockets to use for space tourism.
Why this name? Well, Earth is Blue, and it is the planet of our origin. Therefore, Blue Origin. It was Bezos’ childhood dream.
Blue Origin is similar to another private space project company you might know. SpaceX, by Elon Musk.
We know about Space X because every now and then, it is in the news. Elon Musk is quite open about his projects, about what he is testing.
But Bezos is very secretive about his space company. He keeps a mum about Blue Origin. That is why we never hear about it.
After several crucial tests, He recently confirmed that his company will send a lunar lander to the south pole of the moon by 2024. This lander will carry transport equipment, and possibly, human beings.
This lines up with NASA’s moon mission 2024. US President Donald Trump wants the Americans back on the moon. For this reason, NASA is going to establish a human presence on the south pole of the moon by 2024. This will also help in the Mars mission significantly.
In recent years, a base on Mars has become more like a reality. But there are substantial problems for the launch from Earth. Weight of the rocket and fuel required are some of them.
If we have a base on the Moon, it becomes significantly easier to launch the rocket to Mars. This is because Moon has 16.7% the gravity of the earth and escape velocity required is considerably lower. This reduces the resources required by 1/10th.
For this reason, we are developing a base on the Moon. And Bezos wants a stake in the colonization.
Blue Origin’s Lunar Lander will be extracting hydrogen from ice deposited on the poles. This hydrogen will help fuel up the rockets to Mars. This will also help build a center on the moon when NASA reaches it.
And so he has aligned his Ultimate goal- to assist the US government and NASA, with his personal one.
After all, it is not the first time Blue Origin is collaberating with NASA.