NASA’s Human Landing System (was ‘manned landing system’) Program recently checked off a key milestone in its progress toward landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024. Three U.S. companies are competing to provide landers that will deliver Artemis astronauts to the Moon.
Each of the three competing companies has a slightly different approach to landing on the Moon. Which ever company is selected, they’ll likely continue providing equipment on future Lunar missions.
“We wanted to be as open as possible in our procurement approach, to accelerate the process and to encourage innovation,” said Watson-Morgan. “It worked. Within one year, we were able to select three very different design solutions to accomplish the bold and challenging objective of sending astronauts to the lunar South Pole.”
The objective is to establish a sustainable lunar surface base with commercial partners by 2028. The base (concept below) will end up being partially buried under Lunar soil to shield the structure.
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