NASA selected SpaceX to build astronaut lunar lander (HLS), beating out Bezos’ Blue Origin and Dyanetics
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) just officially announced SpaceX was the ONLY selection by NASA for the $2.9 billion Human Landing System (HLS) beating out both the National Team and Dyanetics. Congratulations to Elon Musk and SpaceX team.
The Human Landing System (HLS) is a key component of successfully executing crewed demonstration missions to the lunar surface under the Artemis program. Late last year, NASA said it would be landing the first woman ever on the Moon within four years. At the time, the agency said it plans to return humans back to the lunar surface for the first time since 1972, through its Artemis program.
On Sept. 30, 2019, NASA issued a solicitation for the development and demonstration of a Human Landing System (HLS) to deliver humans to the lunar surface by 2024 and for the development and demonstration of a more sustainable HLS by 2026.
Below is a video of NASA’s announcement.
According to NASA, the first mission, known as Artemis I, will begin late next year without astronauts, and Artemis II will fly with the crew in 2023. NASA plans on exploring and commercializing the solar system that starts with landing the first woman on the moon in 2024.
The name ‘Artemis’ is named after the Greek goddess of the Moon who is also the twin sister of Apollo. As part of the Artemis program, the space agency is gearing up to land the first woman astronaut to the Moon, half a century after the first man, Neil Armstrong, left his footprints on the lunar surface in July 1969.
In a Twitter post last year, former NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, said: “The #Artemis program is well underway! Learn more about @NASA ’s lunar exploration plans including how we will land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024:”
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) September 21, 2020
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