Blue Origin Aims To Refuel Spacecraft With Lunar Ice Water, Jeff Bezos Stated

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and Blue Origin, has recently shared more information about the ambitions of Blue Origin in the long run, with a focus on the lunar plans.

Blue Origin To Use Lunar Ice Water To Produce Fuel, According To Jeff Bezos

Bezos said that we know more about the moon now in comparison to the amount of information which was available during the Apollo era. One of the most important highlights comes from the fact that there are several deposits of ice water which can be found on the bottom of lunar craters. The ice water may play an important role in the future since it could be refined to rocket propellants.

Blue Origin is hard at work on the Blue Moon lunar lander which was unveiled in May. The lander is powered by a custom-made BE-7 engine which relies on hydrogen and oxygen as primary fuel sources. They were selected with a purpose since the company anticipates that at some point in the future they will have the ability to refuel vehicles on the surface of the moon by using propellants harvested from the water ice.

Jeff Bezos Has Ambitious Plans With His Blue Origin Private Space Company

The Blue Moon lander is large enough to carry a big tea and cargo to and from the lunar surface. NASA has announced that it plans to return to the surface of the moon by 2024 and it seems that the current schedule may allow Blue Origin to offer its services in the future. Besides Blue Moon, the company is also working on the New Shepard, a complex system of reusable suborbital rockets which promises to transport astronauts and payloads beyond the current boundaries of space.

New Glenn will be a single configuration high-power vehicle which will carry people and payloads to the orbit of Earth beyond. The first stage of the rocket is reusable, and it can be used for up to 25 missions before being replaced. Bezos has spent a lot of money on Blue Origin as the companies receive $1 billion in funds each year.

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