Jeff Bezos Wants to Build Vehicle That Can Land on the Moon, Offers R29bn to Help US Fund the Project

Jeff Bezos Wants to Build Vehicle That Can Land on the Moon, Offers R29bn to Help US Fund the Project

  • Jeff Bezos in the bid to get back into a space contract he lost to Elon Musk company has offered to provide $2bn (R29 billion) if considered
  • Ever since the contract to build a human landing system on the moon was given to Space X, NASA has been struggling with funding
  • The contract is targetting making a human-landing vehicle that can take astronauts to the lunar surface as early as 2024

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The world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, is competing for a very important contract to build a vehicle that can land on the moon.

In the bid to win the contract, BBC reports that he has offered to cover the sum of $2bn (R29 billion) costs of the project for NASA.

Blue Origin earlier lost out.
Jeff Bezos wants to win the contract from Elon Musk. Photo source: Joe Raedle, Al Drago
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Bezos earlier lost

It should be noted that earlier in the year in April, the agency gave the work to Elon Musk while it rejected the bid made by Bezos’ company, Blue Origin.

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The contract is meant to build a landing system that will take astronauts to the lunar surface of the moon as soon as 2024.

Due to the funding problem NASA has been experiencing, it can only give the contract to just one company. Out of the $3.3bn needed, Congress only sent $850m.

Writing to the head of the agency, Bill Nelson, Bezos said:

"Blue Origin will bridge the HLS [Human Landing System] budgetary funding shortfall by waiving all payments in the current and next two government fiscal years up to $2bn to get the programme back on track right now.
"This offer is not a deferral, but is an outright and permanent waiver of those payments."

SpaceX's track record

Elon Musk’s SpaceX record of performing orbital missions is a big factor that got them the contract in the first place.

In his letter, the richest man in the world also tried to market Blue Origin’s use of hydrogen fuel, a thing NASA had always loved.

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Another thing worthy of note is that when Blue Origin earlier lost the contract, it made a protest move to challenge the way the bidding was handled.

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Jeff fulfilled his childhood dream

Meanwhile, Briefly News earlier reported that Jeff Bezos landed in space after travelling with the Blue Origin spacecraft.

Posting the video on his wall, the man said that this is how it started. Sharing a fuller clip of his journey, it was gathered that the man returned from space after experiencing the place for minutes.

Reports said that going to space has always been his childhood dream, something he achieved 52 years later.

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Source: Briefly News

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