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Blue Origin's "Blue Moon" cargo delivery service
Blue Origin has been circulating a white paper at NASA about a proposal called "Blue Moon" to deliver tons of cargo to and from the Moon in the near future.  This would use their existing New Shepard VTVL rocket, launched into orbit on top of an Atlas V, SLS, or their own New Glenn booster.

Read all about it in this Washington Post article.

This is seriously exciting stuff.  In just the last week we've learned that SpaceX will be taking people around the Moon as soon as next year; Bigelow Aerospace is ready to build roomy space stations in Lunar orbit, or even on the surface; and now Blue Origin is prepared to provide cheap, reliable cargo delivery to and from the Moon.

Mars is great, but it's not the next step in the technology tree.  The Moon is, and it looks like all the major space players are now turning there attention there.  We could see some major progress in the next 5-10 years!

Oh yeah, and here's a video of Bezos explaining why it's important that we expand out into the solar system... no news to High Frontier players, but it's great to see these ideas gaining traction!

Joe Strout
Lead Developer, High Frontier


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