CNBC quoted people familiar with the matter as reporting on Thursday that the space company Blue Origin owned by billionaire Jeff Bezos aims to carry the first of its New Shepard spacecraft as early as April. Batch of passengers.
According to reports, Blue Origin completed the fourteenth test flight of its new Shepard rocket booster and space capsule on Thursday, which is the last step left before the company sends its first crew to space. .
A spokesperson for the company said in response to Reuters’ request for comment on the report: “This is a rumor and speculation, and it has not been confirmed.”
CNBC reported that Blue Origin plans to conduct a second test flight within 6 weeks (that is, in late February) and the first test flight in 6 weeks (that is, in early April).
Last December, Bezos said that Blue Origin will bring the first woman to the surface of the moon.
Bezos said in a post on Instagram: “This (BE-7) engine will take the first woman to the surface of the moon. This week was filmed at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Hansville, Alabama. Engine test video..
Blue Origin led a “national team” as its main contractor for assembly in 2019 to help build its Blue Moon lander. The team includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper.
In recent years, Blue Origin has competed for profitable government contracts and competed with SpaceX and Dynetics of billionaire Elon Musk owned by rival Leons Holdings, winning a contract. In order to build NASA’s next human lunar landing system, humans will be transported to the moon in the next ten years. .
In April, NASA awarded the Blue Origin team a contract for the development of a lunar lander valued at US$575 million (approximately Rs 4,300 crore), and two other companies: SpaceX received US$135 million (approximately Rs 100 crore). Dynetics, owned by Leidos, won $253 million (approximately INR 19 billion) to help develop its interstellar spacecraft system.
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