Amazon's Bezos offers NASA billions to get Musk's contract

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BBC reports that Jeff Bezos is offering NASA a discount of more than $2 billion for the agency to give his space company a lucrative human lunar landing system contract that his rival Elon Musk's SpaceX won in April this year.

In Bezos' original proposal for the lunar landing system, his Blue Origin company would team up with other companies to build three vehicles, called elements.

These three elements would be launched separately and link up in Earth orbit.

This is where the Transfer Element would be used to transport the whole package to the moon.

Once in position over the moon, the other two elements would detach, using the Descent Element's thrusters to slow them down so they could fall to the moon's surface.

The Descent Element would also protect the astronaut-carrying Ascent Element from flying rocks, although this would mean that the astronauts would have to climb down a long ladder to get to the surface.

Once it's time to return, the Ascent Element would fire its own rockets to blast back into moon orbit, where it would meet up again with the Transfer Element.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Bezos stands before NASA panel, offers truckload of money …
2. falls on knees - Descent Element docks with Transfer Element in Earth orbit
3. Ascent Element docks with other elements, Transfer Element's rocket fires, moving package
4. Over moon, Ascent and Descent element detach, Descent E fires rockets to slow and drop
5. Ascent and Descent Elements land as one unit, DE rockets firing, rocks shooting out, Astronauts …
6. working around lander unit, then show AE firing rockets, leaving DE behind on moon

VOICEOVER (in English):
"BBC reports that Jeff Bezos is offering NASA a discount of more than $2 billion for the agency to give his space company a lucrative human lunar landing system contract that his rival Elon Musk's SpaceX won in April this year."

"In Bezos' original proposal for the lunar landing system, his Blue Origin company would team up with other companies to build three vehicles, called elements."

"These three elements would be launched separately and link up in Earth orbit."

"This is where the Transfer Element would be used to transport the whole package to the moon."

"Once in position over the moon, the other two elements would detach, using the Descent Element's thrusters to slow them down so they could fall to the moon's surface."

"The Descent Element would also protect the astronaut-carrying Ascent Element from flying rocks, although this would mean that the astronauts would have to climb down a long ladder to get to the surface."

"Once it's time to return, the Ascent Element would fire its own rockets to blast back into moon orbit, where it would meet up again with the Transfer Element."

SOURCES: BBC, Reuters, The Verge
https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57978465
https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/science/bezos-offers-nasa-2-billion-exchange-moon-mission-contract-2021-07-26/
https://www.theverge.com/2021/7/26/22594038/jeff-bezos-blue-origin-nasa-lunar-lander-2-billion