Bezos's Blue Origin partners with Lockheed, others on moon lander
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. billionaire Jeff Bezos said on Tuesday his space company Blue Origin has signed agreements with Lockheed Martin Corp (), Northrop Grumman Corp () and research and development organization Draper for development of its lunar lander designed to help NASA put humans on the moon by 2024.Blue Origin's so-called Blue Moon lunar lander, unveiled by Bezos in May, is in development and sits at the center of the space company's ambition to ferry humans into deep space and land key contracts from the U.S. space agency for space exploration.
"I'm excited to announce that we put together a national team to go back to the moon," Bezos, founder and CEO of online retail giant Amazon (), said at the International Astronautical Congress.
The four companies, with Blue Origin as the lead contractor, plan to submit a proposal for the lander to NASA under its Artemis lunar program, an accelerated mission to the moon kickstarted in March by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence.
Bezos called the partnerships a "national team" whose history in space exploration fits the Blue Moon's mission. Lockheed is separately developing the moon-bound astronaut capsule named Orion. Northrop helped NASA build the Apollo lunar landers in the 1960s. Draper, a not-for-profit research and development organization, built NASA's navigation computers for Apollo lunar landers.
Jeff Bezos has announced the formation of a "national team" that will aim to build the lander that will take astronauts back to the Moon in 2024. Bezos' space company Blue Origin has teamed
This still leaves Blue Origin with plenty to do. It'll be the "prime contractor" and handle overall program management, engineering (both for systems and the mission), mission assurance and safety. It'll also provide the Descent
WASHINGTON - Blue Origin is joining forces with three other major aerospace firms in a "national team" to develop a human lunar lander for NASA. The company's founder, Jeff Bezos, announced Oct. 22 his intent to
At the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, D.C. today, Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos announced a new "national team" that will join forces in order to help return humans to the Moon via
The teaming arrangement is the first to be announced since NASA released the request for proposals on Sept. 30. Blue Origin will serve as the prime contractor on the powerhouse team and also build the
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin space venture is on the top of the funding list for a newly announced round of "Tipping Point" funding from NASA for technologies that could be applied to exploration
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