Jeff Bezos’ space company Blue Origin will bring the first woman to the moon, the billionaire said as NASA nears a decision on who will deliver their first privately built lunar landers that should be able to do so Send astronauts to the moon by 2024.
“This is the engine that will bring the first woman to the surface of the moon,” Bezos said in a post on Instagram with a video of a BE-7 engine test this week at the Nasa Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
Twelve men have run on the moon, but no women. NASA wants to change that, administrator Jim Bridenstine say last year The first woman to land a moon is drawn from the current astronaut corps.
“In the 1960s, young women didn’t get a chance to see themselves in that role,” said Bridenstine. “Today you are and I think this is a very exciting opportunity.”
The Blue Origin engine, which has been in development for years, achieved a test fire time of 1,245 seconds. It is designed to power the lunar lander of the company’s National Team Human Landing System.
Blue Origin is the prime contractor of a “National Team” formed in 2019 to help build their Blue Moon Lander. The team consists of Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper.
Bezos’ company has fought for lucrative government contracts. In the race to build the NASA system to bring people to the moon over the next decade, it competes with rival billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Dynetics, which are owned by Leidos Holdings.
In April, NASA awarded the Blue Origin team a $ 579 million development contract for moon landers. SpaceX received $ 135 million for developing his Starship system. Dynetics received $ 253 million.
NASA has announced that it will select two companies “at the beginning of March” 2021 in order to start building further prototype lander for missions with crew from 2024 onwards.
Scarce funds for the landing systems made available by Congress to NASA as well as the uncertainty about the views of the new Biden government on space research threatened to delay the decision.