It is reported that Maxar Technologies will receive a 12-month performance benchmark contract. Once completed, the contract offers four options: two for 12 months, one for 14 months, and one for 26 months. During this time, Maxar will build a power and propulsion component for NASA's future lunar portal project.
This component will be powered by solar power. This is a 50 kW high efficiency spacecraft - it is very solid! According to the current situation, NASA will return to the moon in five years.
2022: Power/propulsion component launch (year-end)
2022: The first moon portal element (Gateway Element)
2023: Science and Exploration Rover
2024: Astronauts land on the moon
2028: Lunar surface mission
21st Century: Astronauts on Mars
NASA Director Jim Brendenstin today introduced the future of the Atermis project lunar exploration program at the Florida Institute of Technology.
Artemis is an Orion manned space capsule that flies around the moon without manned. Artemis 2 will be responsible for sending humans to the moon, and Artemis 3 will be the first spacecraft to carry out the mission of the Moon Portal and eventually send them to the surface of the moon.
Last week, in a media interview, Bridtenstin talked about the origin of the name Artemis. “It turns out that Apollo has a twin sister, Artemis,” said Bridenstin. “And she happens to be the goddess of the moon.”