Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin will take the first lady to the moon’s surface, said the richest man in the world on Friday as NASA approaches a choice to pick its first secretly fabricated lunar landers fit for sending astronauts to the moon by 2024.
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“This (BE-7) is the motor that will take the first lady to the outside of the Moon,” Bezos said in a post on Instagram with a video of the motor test this week at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
The BE-7 motor, which Blue Origin has been producing for quite a long time, has counted 1,245 seconds of test-fire time and resolution the organization’s National Team Human Landing System lunar lander.
Blue Origin drives a “national team” as the primary contractor that it collected in 2019 to help build its Blue Moon lander. That team incorporates Lockheed Martin Corp, Northrop Grumman Corp and Draper.
Blue Origin has competed for worthwhile government contracts lately and is contending with rival tycoon Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Dynetics, claimed by Leidos Holdings Inc, to win an agreement to construct NASA’s next human lunar landing framework to ship people to the moon in the following decade.
In April, NASA granted a lunar lander advancement agreement to Blue Origin’s group worth $579 million, just as two different organizations: SpaceX which got $135 million to help build up its Starship framework and Leidos-claimed Dynetics which won $253 million.
NASA is ready to pick two of the three organizations “toward the beginning of March” 2021 to keep building their lander models for ran missions to the moon starting in 2024, an office representative has said.
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However, thin assets for the arrival frameworks made accessible to NASA by Congress, just as vulnerability over the approaching Biden organization’s perspectives on space investigation, have taken steps to postpone NASA’s choice to propel the lunar lander contracts.