Jeff Bezos says his space company will send a woman to the Moon’s surface for the first time.
The Amazon billionaire announced his intention on Instagram, posting a video of an engine test at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
He wrote: “This (BE-7) is the engine that will take the first woman to the surface of the Moon.”
The engine has been developed by Mr Bezos’s space company, Blue Origin, and has had 1,245 seconds of test-fire time, he said.
It will power the company’s National Team Human Landing System lunar lander.Advertisement
Blue Origin is competing with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Leidos-owned Dynetics to win a contract to build NASA’s next human lunar landing system to take humans – including the first woman – to the moon by 2024 as part of its Artemis programme.
Two of the three companies will be chosen in March to continue building their prototypes, although there are concerns about a lack of funding made available to NASA by Congress.