In a recent announcement at the International Astronautical Congress, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos revealed that his rocket company, Blue Origin is officially working on a plan with industry giants Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper.
According to CNBC, the group will submit one collective design to NASA who will consider using the design during its Artemis program, which aims to send US astronauts back to the moon by 2024.
“I’m excited to announce we have put together a national team to go back to the moon,” Bezos said during the announcement. “This is the only way to get back to the moon fast.”
To complete the proposal, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper will each work on pieces of a wider lunar landing system that will complete Blue Moon’s already existing lunar lander, which is aptly named Blue Moon.
Lockheed Martin will contribute a reusable vehicle called an “Ascent Element” that will bring astronauts back from the moon, Northrop Grumman will create a “Transfer Element” vehicle to help the lander while in lunar orbit, and Draper will develop systems for the mission like a guidance system and flight avionics.
Meanwhile, Blue Origin will oversee management and serve as the bid’s prime contractor.
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