NASA chooses the first partner to help build its moon gateway while boosting the effort to bring people back on the moon & # 39; to stay & # 39;
- NASA awarded $ 375 million to Maxar to develop systems for the moon & # 39; Gateway & # 39;
- Maxar will work with Blue Origin and Draper to develop propulsion and power
- The contract offers an aggressive timeline to bring people back to the moon
NASA plows forward with its plans to send people back to the moon and selects its first commercial partner to develop the moon & # 39; Gateway & # 39 ;.
In a statement, NASA announced that Maxar Technologies – formerly SSL – has allocated $ 375 million to build power and propulsion systems for the moon & # 39; Gateway & # 39 ;, a small spacecraft that surrounds the moon and acts as a stopover for astronauts on lunar missions. .
From the & # 39; Gateway & # 39; astronauts will enter landers and perform the descent to the moon.
A power and propulsion element of the Gateway is a 50-kilowatt solar spacecraft. It is three times more powerful than the current options. The impression of an artist is shown
As reported by Ars Technica, Maxar is accompanied by Jeff Bezo & # 39; s aerospace company, Blue Origin and Draper, who will assist in building, designing and operating the craft.
Ars Technica speculates that the collaboration can be a preview of Blue Origin & # 39; s new Glenn rocket to help launch propulsion systems.
NASA's Gateway will have a modular design that will allow the agency to add a human habitat to be built and also a solar-electric propulsion system capable of moving the vessel in different lanes around the moon to maneuver.
& # 39; This system requires much less propellant gas than traditional chemical systems, allowing the gateway to move more mass around the moon, such as a human landing system and large modules for living and working in orbit, & # 39; said Mike Barrett, power and propulsion element project manager at the Glenn Research Center at NASA in Cleveland.
Various parts of the orbital waypoint will be thrown into space during 37 launches in the coming years.
In an announcement broadcast on social media, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine revealed the commission price and detailed plans of the Artemis mission of NASA.
& # 39; This time when we go to the moon, we stay real & # 39 ;, said Bridenstein during an announcement at the Florida Institute of Technology.
& # 39; Does this mean that from 2024 we will have a permanent human presence on the moon? Probably not. But it means that we have ongoing access to every part of the moon for strategic presence. & # 39;
NASA's Gateway will serve as a hub for human and robotic expeditions to the lunar surface, says NASA
According to recent documents leaked by NASA, that human presence may include more than just the gateway.
In a leaked timeline of NASA's Artemis mission, a chart suggests that the deployment of a & # 39; lunar surface activity & # 39; may be the first stages of an outpost on the moon, where future crew members can stay for longer-term missions.
Proponents of a lunar base say that the hub could increase access to resources such as iron or uranium that may lie beneath the surface of the moon, and benefit future launches into space. Theoretically, missions launched from the moon can be easier and cheaper than those from the Earth's surface.
Similarly, the Gateway could be a viable waypoint for future human missions in deep space. NASA is scheduled for a test on the abort systems of its Orion spacecraft that will eventually bring people further into space.
WHAT IS THE LUNAR GATEWAY?
Russia and the United States are working together on a NASA project to build the first lunar space station, codenamed the Lunar Gateway.
The agreement, signed in September 2017, is part of a long-term project to send people to Mars.
The space port managed by the crew will orbit the moon and serve as a & # 39; gateway to the deep space and lunar surface & # 39 ;, NASA said.
The first modules of the station could be ready in 2024.
Russia and the United States are working together on a NASA project to build the first lunar space station, codenamed the Lunar Gateway
An international base for human and robot moon exploration and a spacecraft landing is a major contender for following the $ 100 billion International Space Station (ISS), & # 39; the world's largest space project so far.
Nasa asked European scientists and market leaders to join the agency in September 2018.
Accepting the offer can cost the European Space Agency (ESA) – of which Great Britain is an important member – an estimated £ 1 billion ($ 1.3 billion).
A decision whether or not to be involved will be taken next year at a meeting of European science ministers.
Meanwhile, the ESA draws up plans for the form that the part of the station could take.
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