NASA is looking for partners for the construction of technology that would help the astronauts land on the moon of a future job in Gateway drive. This artist’s concept shows the Human Landing System, and an astronaut.
NASA has serious plans to send astronauts back to the moon by 2028, and the agency is seeking the help of AMERICAN companies to develop technology to achieve this feat.
On Dec. 13, NASA announced plans under the space policy Directive-1 to cooperate with US companies in the design and development of new reusable systems for the astronauts to land on the lunar surface, according to a statement from the space agency.
NASA to test new human-class landers on the moon in 2024, and expected to send a manned mission to the moon’s surface as early as 2028, according to the statement. [21 Most Marvelous Moon Missions of All Time]
The current plans for sending humans to the moon bring a multisystem approach that relies on three separate elements to provide for the transport, landing, and safe return to and from the surface of the moon. of this plan is, inter alia, with the help of NASA’s planned Moon-Orbital Platform-Gateway outpost. The space agency plans to start the construction of this moon-space station in the next half year, NASA officials have said.
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“On the basis of our model in a low orbit around the Earth, we are expanding our partnerships with industry and other countries to explore the moon and our missions to further destinations such as Mars, with America in the lead,” Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, said in the statement. “When we send astronauts on the surface of the Moon in the next decade will be in a sustainable way.”
NASA will issue an annex to the Next Space Technologies for Exploration nerships 2 (NextSTEP-2) program early next year, that the proposals of the AMERICAN partners to develop lunar landers designed for the astronauts. Under this initiative, NASA will fund the development and flight demonstrations of the landers, according to the statement.
As part of the partnership of the NASA asks AMERICAN companies to study what the best approach is for the landing of the astronauts on the moon and then start with the development of the technology as soon as possible, according to the statement.
“When NASA sends people to the moon, the surface will be full of new research and robot activity, and there will be more opportunities for discovery than ever before,” NASA officials said in the statement. “The Private sector, innovation is the key to these NASA missions, and the NextSTEP public-private-partnership model is to promote opportunities for manned space travel, while boosting the commercial activities in space.”
The LOP-G outpost is an important part of building a reusable lunar landers for the round-trip travel to and from the surface of the moon. Two of the lander elements are expected reusable and refueled by cargo ships intended for the transport of fuel from the Earth to the Gateway, the NASA officials have said.
In addition, astronomers recently announced the discovery of water ice on the moon’s surface. The mining of this natural resource and the moon-surface material called regolith could produce the materials needed to create hydrogen-oxygen rocket fuel, which may be the fuel of the lander.
“As soon as the ability to harness the resources of the moon for propellant is viable, NASA plans to refuel these elements, with the moon’s own resources” NASA officials said in the statement. “This process, known as in-situ resource utilization or ISRU, it will be the third [lander] element re-fuelable and re-use.”
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