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Blue Origin and Airbus back ‘The Moon Race,’ a space contest yet to be defined

2 Oct 2018, 01:13 UTC
Blue Origin and Airbus back ‘The Moon Race,’ a space contest yet to be defined
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An artist’s conception shows Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander on the lunar surface. (Blue Origin Illustration)
A new nonprofit organization is partnering with Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin space venture, Airbus and other heavy-hitters to create a moon-centric prize program known as “The Moon Race.”
The contest’s goal is to boost technologies that could contribute to sustainable lunar exploration. A lot of the details, however, are still up in the air — including exactly what those technologies will be, and how much the prizes will amount to.
The project’s German organizers say more will be revealed next year, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing. Between now and then, they plan to nail down the details in league with Blue Origin and Airbus, as well as the European Space Agency, Mexico’s space agency and Vinci Construction.
“We’re excited to be a part of an international collaboration to build a sustained presence on the moon,” Blue Origin said in a tweet about the project. “Blue Moon and New Glenn will help us get back to the moon, and this time to stay.”

Blue Moon is Blue Origin’s program to develop a lunar lander, while ...

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