Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says the Blue Origin space company says the aerospace team he leads has completed its first “closed phase” in NASA-funded efforts to develop a lunar landing for manned missions.
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Blue Origin announced today in a news release. “data-reactid =” 25 “>” The design continued towards the review of NASA’s baseline certification level, followed by a lower-level SRR and a pre-design phase, “Blue Origin said in a news release today.
“National team” in the first phase of the process of developing NASA’s human landing system. While Blue Origin is working on the system’s descent module, Lockheed Martin is responsible for the ascent module, Northrop Grumman is responsible for the transfer module, which will launch the landing into low lunar orbit, and Draper is working 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. While Blue Origin is working on the system’s launch module, Lockheed Martin is responsible for the ascent module, Northrop Grumman is responsible for the transfer module, which will launch the lander into low lunar orbit, and Draper is working on the system’s avionics.
SpaceX and Dynetics are working in parallel, and next year NASA must select one or two teams to move to the next phase of development. For this first phase, the team led by Blue Origin received $ 579 million from NASA, while SpaceX was online for $ 135 million and the Dynetics team received $ 253 million. The money pays off as each team reaches stages like the one announced today.
Nick Patrick and Mike Good from Blue Origin, former @NASA astronauts, visited @NASA_Johnson to evaluate the engineering layout of our national team – a step in our journey back to #Moon. We are fortunate to have their experience to ensure the compatibility of astronauts. pic.twitter.com/IBN5szSSVY
– Blue Origin (@blueorigin) September 8, 2020
The public-private partnership aims to provide astronauts with travel to the lunar surface and back to the as-yet-undeveloped Gateway outpost, beginning in 2024. NASA’s Orion crew capsule, built by a team led by Lockheed Martin, will used to transport astronauts to and from the gateway.
Blue Origin said its team has reached an agreement with NASA on dozens of design and construction standards. In addition, hundreds of standards and requirements for health and human performance have been set.
“Completing this review allows the national team to move forward in its design, much of which is developed directly from existing systems such as Orion, and this maturity was demonstrated in the review,” said former NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot, who chaired on a review in his current capacity as Vice President of Strategy and Business Development at Lockheed Martin.
The Review Board included members of the Blue Moon Science Advisory Board for Blue Moon Science. “A complex endeavor such as landing humans on the moon requires paying attention to thousands of details and considering all possible unforeseen circumstances,” said Harrison Schmidt, an Apollo 17 astronaut and former U.S. senator who is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board.
“I was impressed by the depth of the engineering and operational complexity shown in the System Requirements Review,” Schmidt said in today’s news release. “The national team is working to directly apply the lessons of Apollo’s experience to make the next lunar landing in America a successful precursor to sustainable lunar human activity.”