Published: Thu, October 04, 2018
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Lockheed's concept moon lander can carry four astronauts

Lockheed's concept moon lander can carry four astronauts

This lunar lander is a single-stage, fully reusable system that incorporates proven technologies and systems from NASA's Orion spacecraft in flight. To fulfill its vision, the space agency wants to rely on private space enterprises to meet its hardware needs, and Lockheed Martin is taking this role very seriously.

U.S. aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, responding to NASA's plans to renew the exploration of the moon and Mars in the next decade, unveiled Wednesday a concept spacecraft able to land on the lunar surface.

CBS4)- Lockheed Martin engineers in Colorado have designed a new spacecraft to take humans back to the moon and beyond. "This lander could be used to establish a surface base, deliver scientific or commercial cargo and perform Moon exploration", Lisa Callahan added.

In addition, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will attempt to take scientific measurements of the SpaceIL lander as it lands on the moon.

Lockheed presented the lunar lander concept to the International Astronomical Congress (IAC) in Germany yesterday.

Lockheed Martin's concept for a lunar lander capable of carrying up to four people to the moon's surface. ISA and SpaceIL will share data with the United States space agency from the SpaceIL lunar magnetometer installed aboard the spacecraft.

Lockheed Martin's concept lunar landing craft, created to shuttle between the moon's surface and the orbiting "Lunar Gateway", was unveiled at the World Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany. "Because this lander doesn't have to endure the punishment of re-entering Earth's atmosphere, it can be re-flown many times over without needing significant and costly refurbishment". In an August speech, Vice President Mike Pence made clear that returning to the Moon is a top priority for the USA, an objective previously put forth by the Trump administration.

NASA has signed an agreement with the Israel Space Agency and the Israeli nonprofit SpaceIL to collaborate on the Jewish state's unmanned moon mission slated to launch from Cape Canaveral next year, Israelnationalnews reports.

Blue Origin is also developing its New Shepard rocket for short space tourism trips and a heavy-lift launch rocket called New Glenn for satellite launch contracts.

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