Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, who also owns private space firm Blue Origin, has unveiled plans to deliver packages to the moon.
The billionaire businessman wants to develop a lunar lander to help prepare for “future human settlement” on the rocky satellite.
The plan is to send cargo packages including scientific gear, and moon habitats to the lunar surface by mid-2020.
The bold plan was revealed in a white paper sent to NASA and President Trump’s transition team, reports The Washington Post – a news outlet that Bezos himself owns.
Blue Origin has successfully flown and landed its suborbital New Shepard rocket numerous times in recent months.
The proposal, dated 4 Jan, suggests that a similar technology could be used for soft landings on the moon.
The plan involves the Blue Moon lunar lander touching down at Shackleton Crater on the moon’s south pole.
Bezos stressed that the 2020 launch date could only be done in partnership with NASA”.
Last week, Elon Musk, founder of rival firm SpaceX, unveiled an ambitious plan to send two space tourists around the moon in 2018.