NASA selected Blue Origin, the space company founded by Jeff Bezos, to participate in the agency’s lunar lander program. It signifies that Blue Origin will compete with Elon Musk’s SpaceX to develop a spacecraft to transport astronauts to the moon.
Under NASA’s Artemis program, Blue Origin will work on this project for the upcoming Artemis V mission, scheduled for launch in 2028. It is the third in the series whose aim is to land humans on the moon. Blue Origin will collaborate with Lockheed Martin, Draper, Boeing, Astrobotic, and Honeybee Robotic to develop the lunar lander.
The worth of the development program of Blue Origin’s lunar lander is estimated at more than $7 billion, with the contract itself valued at approximately $3.5 billion. Blue Origin contributes over $3.4 billion to this effort, more than 50% of the total investment. The main objective of the lunar lander program is to establish a sustainable presence of humans on the moon and ensure consistent access to lunar missions. According to NASA administrator Bill Nelson, Blue Origin’s contribution to this project is important in achieving these goals. The Lunar Lander contract was initially awarded by SpaceX in April 2021, whose worth is $2.9 billion, to develop its Starship spacecraft for NASA’s Artemis III mission, set for launch as early as 2025.