One of the three companies selected by NASA to set up a human landing system (HLS) for NASA has taken a key step by building a full-scale test article on its equipment apparatus and NASA for evaluation and review. Dynetics HLS is approximately the size of the Apollo lunar spacecraft, but is positioned quite differently, as you can see in the image above.
Dynetics provided a brief overview of the test article and its purpose in a video introduction on Tuesday. As you can see in the walk below, this is essentially a true 3D model that includes modular, rearranged components. They don’t include actual working electronics or anything like that ̵
The components of this test article include the crew module where the astronauts will live and work during their stay on the Moon, as well as the tanks that will hold the fuel for the ascent and descent phases of its flight, an autonomous loading platform and high solar grids, which will help power the spacecraft. Dynetics and its subcontractor LSINC created the mock-up vehicle just three months after NASA awarded the contract.
The goal of Dynetics, as well as Blue Origin and SpaceX, is to compete with each other for the original contract to bring humans to the surface of the moon for NASA’s initial landing as part of its Artemis program, which is currently scheduled for 2024. Earlier this week, Blue Origin announced that it had undergone a critical initial review of design requirements, and Dynetics said it had achieved the same. Blue Origin also provided NASA with its own full-length test article in August.