A still image from Blue Origin's mission simulation shows the Blue Moon lunar lander deploying a rover on the moon using the davit system.
In a carefully choreographed event, Jeff Bezos unveiled a moon lander.
In 2016, Bezos finally invited journalists for a visit to Blue Origin's headquarters in Kent, Washington, south of Seattle, and described his vision of millions of people living and working in space.
The company had a successful launch reusing one to get a time, that extends to the border of space, of its New Shepherd rockets.
Bezos explained the Moon aims of his space company to a public composed of possible customers and NASA officials. That includes reusable rockets, such as the suborbital New Shepard and the heavy-lifting New Glenn.
Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos said Thursday he's going to send a spaceship to the moon, joining a resurgence of lunar interest half a century after people first set foot there.
The space colonies would be decades away, to be built by future generations.
Bezos, who had been dwarfed by his own mock-up of this Blue Moon automobile at his presentation Thursday, said,"This is an extraordinary vehicle and it's going to the moon". It's always the science-fiction guys: They think of everything first, and then the builders come along and they make it happen.
In the last couple of years, the Trump administration has revived plans to send astronauts back to the moon, and NASA last year announced a road map that included turning to commercial companies for sending experiments and cargo to the lunar surface.
Bezos said engineers could be ready to begin engine tests this summer.
The announcement comes on the heels of Vice President Pence's directive that NASA should put American astronauts onto the Moon within the next five years by any means necessary. Blue Moon also features an on-board lidar system capable of mapping lunar terrain, in order to choose the right landing site. Around this time, last year, the world's richest man discussed his hopes for space travel at the Space Development Conference in L.A., where she said, "In the not-too-distant future - I am talking decades, maybe 100 years it will start to be easier to do a lot of the things that we now do on Earth in space, because we will have so much energy". Here you can see two small satellites being ejected into space. Fully loaded with fuel, Blue Origin will weigh some 33,000 pounds (15,000 kilograms), which will decrease to about 7,000 pounds when it is about to land, he said. Nor did he state that New Glenn would launch Blue Moon. NASA has also increased its funding of the ACSC program and would initially send robots and later astronauts.
Last year, SpaceX announced that a Japanese billionaire, Yusaku Maezawa, had signed up for a trip that would go past the moon without landing on it, and swing back to Earth.
In his unveiling speech Bezos mentioned the pressing problems on Earth such as hunger, poverty, pollution and rampant energy use which motivated him to find long-term solutions in space.