Jeff Bezos says his space company will send women to the moon for the first time.
Amazon’s billionaire posted a video of an engine test at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, announcing his intentions on Instagram.
He writes: “This (BE-7) is the engine that takes the first woman to the moon.”
The engine was developed by Bezos’ space company Blue Origin and had a test firing time of 1,245 seconds, he said.
It powers the lunar module of the company’s national team human landing system.
Blue Origin will be NASA’s next human to bring humans (including the first woman) to the Moon by 2024 as part of the Artemis program, competing with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Reidos-owned dynetics. Has won a contract to build a lunar landing system.
Despite concerns about the lack of funding provided to NASA by Congress, two of the three will be elected in March to continue prototyping.
There is also uncertainty about where space exploration will fall into the priorities of the upcoming Joe Biden administration.
Blue Origin was founded by Mr. Bezos in 2000 and aims to provide low-cost access to space.
The first woman to fly in space was the Russian Valentina Tereshkova on Vostok 6 in 1963.
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