Lockheed Martin's Lunar Lander Seats 4 Astronauts

Jeff Bezos Blue Origin Designing Large Lunar Lander

Jeff Bezos Blue Origin Designing Large Lunar Lander

The lunar lander is a single stage and a fully reusable system that incorporates the flight-proven technologies and systems found in NASA's Orion spacecraft. In its initial configuration, the module could accommodate four crew members and carry 900 kilos of cargo on the surface of the Moon for up to two weeks before returning to Gateway, without refueling on the lunar surface.

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.

Lockheed Martin's design will remain at the Deep Space Gateway until astronauts need to be taken to the moon.

The Deep Space Gateway is a collaboration between the U.S. and Russian Federation to create a lunar space station that will act as a "gateway to deep space".

United States aerospace giant Lockheed Martin, responding to NASA's plans to renew the exploration of the moon and Mars in the next decade, unveiled Wednesday a concept spacecraft able to land on the lunar surface.

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".

In addition, NASA's lunar robotic spacecraft LRO (Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter) launched 9 years ago and orbiting the moon, will try to photograph the Israeli spacecraft as it lands on the moon.

Lockheed presented the lunar lander concept to the International Astronomical Congress (IAC) in Germany yesterday.

According to the new agreement, which was announced on Wednesday, NASA will contribute a laser retroreflector array to aid with ground tracking and support in mission communication.

In a Post on Facebook, SpaceIL CEO Ido Antebi said it was "a great honor" to collaborate with NASA and that he hoped that this upcoming mission would lead to more "space missions and other technological challenges" in the future.

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