The Alabama-based company unveiled the model of its proposed human lunar lander on Tuesday (September 15). Low-fidelity prototypes – including a crew module, lunar descent and ultraviolet solar arrays for propulsion and propellant tanks – will be used to inform and refine the final lander design.
“Our team is pleased to bring this system to life,” Kim Doering, Dynamics Vice President of Space Systems, Said in a statement. “Our reusable, sustainable approach is set to support a safe and successful hardware delivery for NASA’s mission.”
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That mission, largely, is NASA’s Artemis program Lunar exploration of the crew. Artemis aims to land two astronauts near the South Pole of the Moon in 2024 and to establish a permanent, permanent human presence on and around Earth’s natural satellite by 2028.
NASA plans to take Artemis astronauts out of Earth using its Orion capsule and Space Launch System (SLS) megatrack. But the agency is relying on private industry to move crew members from Chandra’s orbit to the moon’s gray dirt and back again. (In the long run, NASA wants these surfaces to depart from a small, space station orbiting the Moon The gate. But cannot use the 2024 mission gateway.)
In April this year, the space agency announced that it had Three private groups awarded contracts – Dynamics, SpaceX and The National Team, led by Janet Bezos’s Blue Origin – to develop their crew lander concept. The deals, worth a total of $ 967 million, are financing for 10 months of work.
In early 2021, NASA hopes to select one or more of the three Lander concepts for further development and testing. The agency wants at least one spacecraft to be up and running by 2024, when the Artemis 3 mission is scheduled to make its historic lunar landing. (Artemis 1 and Artemis 2 will be dispersed and crewed around the moon, respectively. They aim to launch in late 2021 and 2023.)
NASA will purchase lunar landing services from the company or companies whose landers make it all the way through operational flight. The model is similar to that employed by the agency’s commercial cargo and commercial crew programs, which purchase rides on private spacecraft from the International Space Station.
SpaceX plans to use it Starship mars-colonizing system For moon-landing work. The design of the National Team includes elements from Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander, Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus cargo spacecraft, and NASA’s Orion capsule, for which team member Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor.
The four-astronaut lander being developed by Dianetics, a subsidiary of technology and engineering company Lidos, is about the same size as the Apollo lunar lander, representatives of Dynamics said.
The spacecraft will launch a joint launch alliance atop the Vulcan Centaur rocket. Each mission would require three Vulcan Centaur launches, in fact – each to rob the lander and its two external fuel tanks, representatives of Dianetics said during one on Tuesday (15 September). Webinar hosted by the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Dieting said during the webinar that Dianetics planned to launch an urgent demonstration campaign, including off-Earth refueling, showcasing essential technologies including Artemis 3 lifts some time ago.
Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; illustrated by Carl Tate), a book about the discovery of alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or Facebook.