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    Bezos’ Blue Origin Signs On to Ship Supplies to Moon by 2023

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    Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ aerospace exploration company signed a letter of intent with two German Space companies to deliver “several metric tons” of cargo to the moon over the next five years.

    Blue Origin, a project described by the US billionaire as “the most important work I'm doing” and a rival to Elon Musk’s SpaceX company, signed a letter of intent with German aerospace companies OHB Space Systems and Security and MT Aerospace at the 69th annual International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Germany Tuesday, Vice News reported.

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    Neither the letter nor OHB’s press release specified what kind of cargo would be transported to the moon, but it is likely to include infrastructure for possible private businesses on Earth’s natural satellite.

    The announcement came on the same day IAC declared the launch of the “Moon Race” – a competition between Blue Origin, Space X, Airbus Air and other space agencies to develop the technology that would allow private companies around the world to take their operations to the moon.

    According to the statement, the application process for the IAC competition will begin in early 2019 and participants will choose one of four categories for their potential technological breakthrough, with clear final goals: manufacturing  — to develop the tools and means for using lunar resources; energy — to develop a technology that would enable humans to survive the lunar night; resources — to “fill the first bottle of moon water”; and biology — to sustain the first lunar greenhouse.

    The competition intends to bring companies around the world to the moon’s surface. The Outer Space Treaty of 1967, signed by the US, bans ownership of private property in space; however, earlier this year the House of Representatives approved the Space Commercial Free Enterprise Act, which argues that American companies don't have to follow the rules of the treaty.

    Blue Origin in its press release said that its goal as part of IAC’s competition is to “land large payloads on the moon that can access and utilize the resources found there.”

    “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,” the press release said.

    Last month, Blue Origin ‘s rival in the space race, SpaceX, announced updates to its Big Falcon Rocket project and presented one of the first passengers of that rocket’s planned first flight to the moon: Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa.

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    moon mission, technological advancements, Interstate Aviation Committee (IAC), Blue Origin, SpaceX, Jeff Bezos, United States, Moon
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