Kent’s Blue Origin wants to go back to the Moon, according to an email sent out on Wednesday, Oct. 3.
“The future will be better for our children – and our children’s children – if we use space to benefit life on Earth and enable millions of people to live and work in space,” the company said. “The next logical step in this path is a return to the Moon. To do this we need reusable access to the lunar surface and its resources. We’re in the conceptual design phase of a large lunar lander that will provide that access called Blue Moon.”
Here’s a rendering of that lunar lander:
Blue Origin is at the 69th Annual International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany this week, where it has joined leading space companies and agencies to support the creation of The Moon Race, a non-profit working to launch a competition for teams looking for a ride to the lunar surface.
“The goal is consistent with our aim to land large payloads on the Moon that can access and utilize the resources found there,” they said. “We’re supporting this initiative, along with ESA, Airbus, and other entities seeking to foster the next generation of lunar exploration – with Blue Moon and New Glenn.”
The company also announced a collaboration with OHB SE and MT Aerospace on a future Blue Moon mission.
We’re excited to be a part of an international collaboration to build a sustained presence on the moon. #BlueMoon and #NewGlenn will help us get back to the moon, and this time to stay. https://t.co/U6uSs5g8F4 https://t.co/ry2dYcmGND
— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) October 1, 2018