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Lockheed Martin unveils lunar lander concept meant send astr

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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. To fulfill its vision, the 搜狐娱乐space agency wants to rely on private space enterprises to meet its hardware needs, and Lockheed Martin is taking this role very seriously.

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.

Lockheed Martin’s concept for a lunar lander capable of carrying up to four people to the moon’s surface. Credit: Lockheed Martin.

NASA has recently submitted to Congress a plan called the National Space Exploration Campaign, which immediately follows President Donald Trump Space Policy Directive-1 signed in December 2017. The aim is to develop “an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and international partners to enable human expansion across the solar system and to bring back to Earth new knowledge and opportunities.”

Among the plan’s strategic objectives, NASA calls for returning U.S. astronauts on the surface of the moon. Key to accomplishing this goal is a lunar orbiting space station called Gateway, which will serve as a refueling station and launch platform for manned lunar exploratioAAAAAsions.

Lockheed Martin’s recently announced lander will be the transport vehicle that will ferry astronauts between Gateway and the lunar surface. 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. Much of the hardware will be modeled on Lockheed’s future deep-space crew capsule Orion, which the company has been developing for NASA and which reportedly costs $20 billion.

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