Founder of Amazon plans to start moon delivery service for 'future human settlement'

Founder of Amazon plans to start sending deliveries to the moon for 'future human settlement'

Jeff Bezos says he wants to start sending deliveries to the moon

Friday, March 3, 2017

The founder of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, has claimed he wants to create a delivery service to the moon.

The Washington Post reports that Bezos' space company, Blue Origin, has circulated a seven-page white paper to Nasa and the Trump transition team about the service.

Blue Origin wants to develop a spacecraft and lander which would travel to the south pole of the moon, where there is water and almost continuous sunlight.

They say this could send cargo and deliver equipment for experiments to create and sustain a “future human settlement” on the moon.

Bezos said: “It is time for America to return to the Moon, this time to stay. A permanently inhabited lunar settlement is a difficult and worthy objective. I sense a lot of people are excited about this.”

He also said that the first delivery mission could take place in July 2020, but added that this could only happen "in partnership with Nasa."

Last year Blue Origin was able to launch and land a suborbital rocket called the New Shepard five times.

The company says this is the same technology which could be used to take deliveries to the moon.