Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin spaceflight case says the space team, as the leader, has completed its first “gated milestone” in a NASA-funded effort to develop a lunar landing for occupied missions.
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Blue Origin reported today in a press release. “data-reactid =” 25 “>” The design continued until the baseline review of the NASA certification, followed by the lower-level SRRs and the preliminary design phase, “Blue Origin reported today in a press release.
“National team” in the first phase of NASA’s Human Landing System development process. While Blue Origin works on the system’s descent module, Lockheed Martin is responsible for the ascent module, Northrop Grumman is responsible for the transmission module that gets the lander into low lunar orbit, and Draper works on the system’s avionics. “Data -reactid =” 26 “> Blue Origin leads what it calls a” national team “in the first phase of NASA’s Human Landing System development process. responsible for the transmission module that would bring the lander into low lunar orbit, and Draper is working on the system’s avionics.
SpaceX and Dynetics are working on parallel efforts, and next year NASA will select one or two teams to move on to the next phase of development. For this first phase, the Blue Origin-led team will receive $ 579 million from NASA, while SpaceX is in line with $ 135 million and the Dynetics team will receive $ 253 million. The money is paid out as each team reaches milestones like the one reported today.
Blue Origin’s Nick Patrick and Mike Good, former @NASA astronauts, visited @NASA_Johnson to evaluate our national team’s technical mockup – a step in our journey to return to #Moon. We are fortunate to have their experience in ensuring astronaut compatibility. pic.twitter.com/IBN5szSSVY
– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) September 8, 2020
The public-private partnership is designed to give astronauts their trip to the moon’s surface and back up to the yet-to-be-built Gateway space outpost, starting as early as 2024. NASA’s Orion crew capsule, built by a team led by Lockheed Martin, will be used to transport astronauts to and from the Gateway.
Blue Origin said its team has reached agreement with NASA on dozens of design and construction standards. In addition, hundreds of health and human performance standards and requirements have been set.
“The completion of this review allows the national team to move forward in its design, much of which evolves directly from existing systems such as Orion, and that maturity was demonstrated in the review,” said former NASA Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who was chair of the review in his current capacity of Lockheed Martin’s Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.
The Audit Committee included members of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon Science Advisory Board. “A complex task like human moon landings requires attention to thousands of details and consideration of any probable preparedness,” said Harrison Schmitt, an Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator who is a member of the Scientific Advisory Council.
“I was very impressed with the depth of technical and operational sophistication shown in the Systems Requirements Review,” Schmitt said in today’s press release. “The national team is working to apply the lessons directly from the Apollo experience to make America’s next manned lunar landing a success and the precursor to sustained human activity on the moon.”