Blue Origin started a collaboration with NASA last year. The space agency announced partnerships with several aerospace manufacturers.
Jeff Bezos’ sub-orbital spaceflight service has goals to reduce costs. The company started using the concept of vertical-takeoff and vertical-landing in 2015. Up to this day, the company is ongoing operations to make it possible for tourists to visit outer space.
Blue Origin Team Up With NASA to Simulate Lunar Gravity
The Amazon CEO also stated that this will be the first step to make Earth purely residential. He wants to move industries and manufacturing away from Earth. The final goal is to make the Earth habitable.
In relation to moon missions, NASA’s goal is to take advantage of translunar space. The presence of “quiet zones” (Lagrange points) gives radio-silence to study the cosmos. This space also provides a protective area for scientists studying cosmic radiation.
Their goal for this year isn’t too far off from the moon. The aerospace company and the agency are collaborating to mimic lunar gravity. This will help both companies improve existing technologies. Both can also develop new ones to ease cargo transit to and from the moon. This will help with interplanetary space explorations. NASA currently has Mars as their farthest goal in the coming years.
Using centrifugal forces, the Shepard will mimic lunar gravity. Scientists will conduct several experiments inside this artificial environment. Studies will also include the physics involved with carrying cargo.
NASA’s attempt to send another astronaut to the surface of the moon started in 2012. This was 3 years prior to Blue Origin’s transition. At that time, the latter was testing suborbital flights.
Since the Ranger missions in the ’60s, NASA has come a long way.
NASA’s goal is possible with the collaboration and support of international industries. It also gets support by the National Space Council and the US government.
The Artemis program mission specifies NASA will be sending a woman and a person of color to the moon. It will establish a “human-robotic presence” all over the lunar surface. After every successful trip to the moon and back, NASA aims to improve its technologies to be able to make it to Mars