Bezos didn't announce a specific date for the project's first launch, but Blue Origin later said it was capable of meeting President Donald Trump's announced goal of returning people to the Moon by 2024.
The lander will be able to deliver payloads to the lunar surface, deploy up to four smaller rovers and shoot out satellites to orbit the moon, Bezos told the audience, which included NASA officials and potential Blue Moon customers. According to Bezos, Blue Origin can make that happen by the short deadline because 'we started this three years ago.' Bezos also called for humanity to return to the Moon 'and this time stay'.
NASA said in April that it wants to fund a large, private lunar lander to get its astronauts to and from the moon, ideally as soon as 2024.
True to predictions from space watchers, Bezos also revealed images of the company's lunar lander, Blue Moon, which is created to deliver cargo, and someday humans, to the lunar surface.
"That's the path that we would be on", Bezos said. The 11 successful test missions have all been uncrewed, but Bezos pledges to launch humans by the end of the year.
"It's an incredible vehicle, and it will go to the Moon", he declared. Yet, while the company's New Glenn rocket is worthy of its own press conference, Bezos had a far more interesting piece of the space puzzle to debut: a lunar lander.
The lander's unveiling came as Bezos outlined in a lengthy monologue his broader vision to build an infrastructure that would sustain the colonization of space by future generations of humans and shift polluting industries off the Earth.
The goal is to land on the Moon's south pole, where ice deposits were confirmed in 2018.
He spoke of the importance of future human colonisation of space and mentioned two important issues: reducing launch costs and using resources already in space.
Speculation about a lunar mission was stoked by Blue Origin last month when the company tweeted a photo of Sir Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance on an expedition to Antarctica.