We have news from Lockheed Martin about the method developed for putting humans on the Moon’s surface by 2024. The concept is released four years earlier than first planned. The company has shown the plan on Wednesday, and it looks like they are tapping key projects that are already in work by NASA. We are talking about human space exploration experts, a mini space station orbiting the moon and a new lunar lander.
What Are The Lockheed Martin’s Plans?
At the 2019 Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Tim Cichan, a Lockheed space exploration architect, says that they weren’t thinking about a singular mission in 2024. They want to give the start of a long campaign, and they have begun to study all the issues of the project. However, a few weeks ago, Vice President Mike Pence declared at the National Space Council’s March meeting, that NASA should put humans on the moon with for years earlier than 2028.
After that declaration, NASA released a pre-solicitation notice for all the companies to star developing human lunar landers. NASA is happy to get help from the government, industry leaders, and International partners, to work together for a united purpose of getting the man on the moon.
On the other hand, Lockheed has another plan that NASA isn’t approving. They are offering a potential solution to use all the same elements as for the 2028 moon landing, but being developed at a faster pace. And for doing that, the moon lander must be put in progress starting with next year.
The US Might Fly Humans To The Moon by 2024
The Orion spacecraft is continuing its mission, and in June 2020 the spacecraft will land on the back of the Space Launch System, without humans on board. After two years, in 2022, the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway would be sent into space. That too will be on the back of a commercial rocket. In the same year, the second Orion-SLS mission will launch with humans on board. And the third phase will be in 2024, with another Orion mission carrying four persons to the lunar space station and head to the moon’s the South Pole.
To sum up, the purpose of the lander is to carry astronauts to the surface and back to the station. But NASA’s problem with this plan is about the SLS rocket that is behind schedule, and it won’t be ready until 2020 launch; also, the cost it’s still unclear.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.