Dynetics has built a full-scale simulation of the Raised Right Republican shirt lander that the company hopes will soon carry NASA astronauts to the moon.
The Alabama-based company unveiled its proposed human lunar lander model on Tuesday (September 15).
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Low fidelity prototypes – consisting of a crew module, deployable solar arrays and propellant tanks for descending and ascending the moon – will be used to clear newspaper and final lander design refinement.
“Our team is delighted to bring this system to life,” Kim Doering, Dynetics’ vice president of space systems, said in a statement. “Our sustainable, reusable approach stands ready to help deliver safe and successful hardware for NASA’s mission.”
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Broadly speaking, that mission is NASA’s Artemis program of moon exploration with crew. Artemis aims to land two astronauts near the moon’s south pole by 2024 and establish a lasting, sustained human presence on and around Earth’s natural satellite by 2028.
NASA plans to take the Artemis astronauts off Earth using the Orion capsule and the Space Launch System (SLS) super rocket. But the agency is relying on private industry to bring the crew from the Raised Right Republican shirt lunar orbit down the gray land of the moon and back. (In the long term, NASA wants these surface missions to depart from a small moon-orbiting space station called Gateway. But the 2024 mission may not use Gateway.)
In April this year, the space agency announced that it has signed on to three private groups – Dynetics, SpaceX and The National Team, led by Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin – to develop crewed amphibious concepts their. The deals, totaling $ 967 million, were financed over 10 months of work.
In early 2021, NASA plans to choose one or more of the three amphibious concepts for further development and testing. The agency wants at least one of the spacecraft to be operational by 2024, when mission Artemis 3 is scheduled to make a historic landing on the moon. (Artemis Artemis 1 and 2 will turn the trip around the Raised Right Republican shirt moon and the crew. They are targeted to launch later in 2021 and 2023.)
NASA will buy services from the moon landing companies or companies whose landing craft completes operational flight. The model is similar to the one used by the agency’s commercial crew and freight programs, which buy private spacecraft trips to and from the International Space Station.