Jeff Bezos has already conquered Earth with Amazon. Now he's looking to the moon with his Blue Origin spaceflight company. Its BE-7 engine, designed to shepherd a lander to the lunar surface, just passed its first hot-fire test.
Bezos posted a video of the test, which took place at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama, to Twitter late on Wednesday.
"Data looks great and hardware is in perfect condition. Test went full planned duration – 35 seconds," Bezos wrote.
The Amazon CEO unveiled the newafter years of development. Blue Origin is one of 11 companies for the .
Bezos is following in the footsteps of SpaceX founder Elon Musk, who also likes to . It's a good way for space fans to keep tabs on the development of new engine and rocket technologies.
A large version of the Blue Moon lander is meant to carry astronauts to the lunar surface, a landmark Blue Origin hopes to achieve by 2024. But first, it needs to prove the lander's engine is up to the task. The successful hot fire is a step in the right direction.