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Lockheed Introduces Lunar Lander Concept

Lockheed Introduces Lunar Lander Concept

The preliminary design suggests that the lander will be able to carry up to four people and 900 kg (2,000 pounds) of cargo to the moon, with enough life support for a two-week mission.

The spacecraft, known as the Mars Base Camp Precursor Lunar Lander, would use the Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway as its home base, which NASA said will start building near the Moon in 2022, Space.com reports.

"This lander could be used to establish a surface base, deliver scientific or commercial cargo, and conduct extraordinary exploration of the Moon", Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin Space, said in a statement.

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.

Crewed Lunar Lander Concept from Lockheed Martin Space on Vimeo.

It would however need to be refueled between missions, potentially using water from the Moon's surface.




In August, researchers found frozen water on the Moon for the first time.

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. Orion, which Lockheed is also building for NASA, and the Space Launch System (SLS) megarocket, which is also in development, will help astronauts explore deep-space destinations, such as the moon and Mars, NASA officials have said.

According to a NASA statement, "the agreement exemplifies the innovative approach that NASA and its global partners are taking to team up with commercial partners to advance important science and exploration objectives on and around the Moon".

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.

Tim Cichan, space exploration architect, said: "The Gateway is key to full, frequent and fast reusability of this lander".

Deep Space Gateway is a joint project between the United States and Russian Federation and was announced a year ago with ambitions for missions to Mars.


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