"This is Blue Moon. We’ve been working on this lander for three years. It’s a very large lander. It will soft-land in a precise way 3.6 metric tons onto the lunar surface. The stretched-tank variant of it will soft-land 6.5 metric tons onto the lunar surface … This is an incredible vehicle and it’s going to the Moon. It’s time to go back to the moon, this time to stay", Bezos said at a press event in Washington, DC on Thursday.
Today, our founder shared our vision to go to space to benefit Earth. We must return to the Moon—this time to stay. We’re ready to support @NASA in getting there by 2024 with #bluemoon. pic.twitter.com/UqQyMa9Zcn— Blue Origin (@blueorigin) 9 мая 2019 г.
The vehicle will use liquid hydrogen as a fuel, Bezos continued, adding that it would allow refueling Blue Moon on the lunar surface with the liquid hydrogen got from the water on the Moon.
Much of @JeffBezos message today comes straight from thr L5 Society @nss playbook — written by Gerard O’Neil. If @NASA embraces this @blueorigin approach, a lunar landing could be accelerated. Maybe not to 2024 — but sooner than I thought this morning! #BlueMoon pic.twitter.com/k5kK7FXtS2— Lori Garver (@Lori_Garver) 10 мая 2019 г.
Video clips of Bezos' speech were published by the CNet news outlet. The outlet added the lander would be able to bring US astronauts to the Moon by 2024 in line with the goals set by US President Donald Trump’s administration.