NASA and ESA have been hard at work in the recent months, and the two agencies have created a new strategy for the lunar Gateway project which focuses on the trajectory that could be pursued by the outpost during orbit.
They decided to select a near-rectilinear halo orbit. The choice makes a lot of chance since the highly elliptical path should remove a lot of problems while also facilitating specific tasks. It will be easier for astronauts to participate in missions connected to the lunar surfaces, and the difficulty of bringing new supplies to the outpost will be decreased.
The team who devised the mission planners spends a considerable amount on time weighing the advantages and disadvantages of different orbits. The near-rectilinear halo orbit, also known as the NRHA was selected. At first sight, it may not appear to an important decision, but it plays an essential role in the development of the Gateway Project.
NASA and ESA are working on strategies for the Gateway lunar outpost
The NASA and ESA may spearhead the initiative, but a lot of institutions contribute to the project, including the Canadian Space Agency, Roscosmos, the Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) and other partners.
It is estimated that the middle of the 2020s will build the outpost. The primary purpose of the outpost is the use it is a starting zone for crewed missions to the moon and other objectives. The upcoming Artemis initiative will benefit significantly from the project, as it aims to send a crew of astronauts on the surface of or natural satellite by 2024.
Among the facilities which will be offered by the Gateway Project, we can count the inclusion a laboratory, a depot where valuable resources can be stocked, a communications hub and a dispatch area for a large number of secondary goals. The Artemis project requirements specify that THE Gateway has to be placed at a specific distance from the moon and Earth to maximize its potential and utility in the long-run.
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