Amazon tycoon Jeff Bezos says 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.
At a Washington DC, press conference, the jeans- and blazer-clad Amazon CEO showed off a circular craft called "Blue Moon" that is created to land on and bounce back off the moon's surface.
"We're going to build a road to space", Bezos said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., Thursday afternoon, adding that he doesn't know how the colonies would be built but there are "certain gates, certain precursors" that would need to be established to ultimately meet that goal and Blue Origin was going to lead the way.
"It's time to go back to the moon, this time to stay", Bezos said, as a part of a rambling, long-winded talk about space, which planets are best (Earth), and comparing Amazon Prime deliveries to space payloads.
The richest man in the world detailed his dreams that one day humans will live in elaborate space colonies, named "O'Neill colonies", after American physicist Gerard K. O'Neill who came up with the idea. It is not even close.
Bezos says his space company Blue Origin will land a robotic ship the size of a small house, capable of carrying four rovers and using a newly designed rocket engine and souped-up rockets. The company has been developing the technology for three years, Bezos said.
But his vision is shared by other billionaire-backed private space ventures like Elon Musk's SpaceX and aerospace incumbents like United Launch Alliance, a partnership between Boeing Co and Lockheed Martin.