NASA has big plans to return to the moon. Whether it can be done within the next five years that the current administration desires, it has not yet been seen, but getting human codes back on the moon's surface is something NASA intends to do, and so will it through a # 39; Lunar Gateway.
The gateway, which is planned for a while, will be a station that orbits the moon and provides a jumping point for mission both to the moon's surface and potentially outside. Building it will be a big business, and the companies involved in the project must be thoroughly monitored. Yesterday, NASA announced the first of the manufacturing partner who it will work with to make the Gateway a reality.
At a press conference yesterday, NASA announced that it had agreed with Maxar Technologies, a Colorado-based company, to develop some of Gateway's most vital systems.
"The power and propulsion element is the foundation of the Gateway and a good example of how partnerships with US companies can help accelerate NASA's return to the moon with the first woman and next man by 2024," NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said in event. "It will be the key component on which we will build our Moon Gateway outpost, the cornerstone of NASA's sustainable and reusable Artemis exploration architecture on and around the moon."
In total, Maxar will earn as much as $ 375 million from contracts that will initially last 1
During the next year, NASA and Maxar will complete the design of "power and propulsion" components of the spacecraft. When the item is built and launched, a long test period will see the spacecraft stay in the room for up to a whole year. Maxar will own the spacecraft up to the point that NASA is satisfied with what it sees where the agency will be able to acquire it for use with the Gateway.