Lockheed Martin has been selected by Blue Origin’s National Team to develop a human lunar lander. The team, which includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper, was chosen by NASA to develop a lunar lander for the Artemis program. The Artemis program aims to land the first woman and next man on the moon by 2024. Lockheed Martin will be responsible for developing the reusable ascent element of the lunar lander.
The Gateway spacecraft will serve as a staging area for lunar missions and will be located in lunar orbit. The lunar lander will consist of three elements: the descent element, the ascent element, and the transfer element. The descent element will be used to land the lunar lander on the moon’s surface. The ascent element will be used to transport astronauts back to the Gateway spacecraft. The transfer element will be used to transport the lunar lander from the Gateway spacecraft to a low lunar orbit. The lunar lander will be designed to carry up to four astronauts and will be able to stay on the moon’s surface for up to two weeks. The lunar lander will also be designed to be reusable, which will help to reduce the cost of lunar missions.
The program will help to develop the technologies and capabilities needed for long-duration spaceflight and will help to establish a sustainable presence on the moon. The selection of Lockheed Martin by Blue Origin’s National Team is a significant milestone in the development of the lunar lander. The team brings together some of the most experienced and innovative companies in the aerospace industry, and their collaboration will help to ensure the success of the Artemis program.