Published: Fri, October 05, 2018
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Lockheed Martin unveils concept spacecraft that can land on lunar surface

Lockheed Martin unveils concept spacecraft that can land on lunar surface

On Thursday, at the World Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany, the aerospace company unveiled the design for a spacecraft that's meant to shuttle up to four astronauts between an orbiting space station and the moon's surface.

It is reported that when the satellites will arrive in orbit, NASA wants to use the resulting data to prepare for sending astronauts to the moon around June 2022.

Crewed Lunar Lander Concept from Lockheed Martin Space on Vimeo. According to a newly published Lockheed white paper, the lunar lander would carry a crew of four astronauts and an additional 2,000 pounds of payload cargo to the surface of the Moon where it could stay for up to two weeks before returning to the Gateway without refueling on the surface. The lander will be created to dock with NASA's planned Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway for service, refueling, and storage in between missions.

"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". "That's a major advantage of the Gateway and of a modular, flexible, reusable approach to deep space exploration".

Putting human boots back on the moon is part of NASA's ambitious long-term goals for the next decade, which also includes landing the first humans on Mars and an asteroid.

NASA will enable SpaceIL to receive communications services with the spacecraft and conduct deep space exploration through NASA's huge antenna network, which will help communicate with earth. In addition, NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter will attempt to take scientific measurements of the SpaceIL lander as it lands on the Moon. "The SLS will be the largest and most powerful rocket ever built - all this energy, all this force, will lift American astronauts to space aboard the Orion capsule", Pence explained.

Lockheed's craft is proposed to be able to blast back off the moon's surface and return to base. The company offered no details on Wednesday about how it would move from the design phase to moon missions in this time frame.

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