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Today’s Deep Space Extra

15 Sep 2021, 14:38 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA announced the selection of five companies to mature Artemis lander concepts. Astronaut set to stay aboard the ISS for almost a year.

Human Space ExplorationNASA selects five companies for lunar lander studiesCoalition Members in the News – Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Board Member Lisa CallahanSpaceNews.com (9/14): NASA announced the selection of five companies Tuesday to mature concepts for lunar human landers to assure regular crewed transportation from lunar orbit to the surface under the Artemis initiative. NASA is awarding $146 million in contracts to evaluate the safety and performance on lander concepts developed by Blue Origin, Dynetics, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and SpaceX. The awards are distinct from the initial crewed lunar landing demonstration mission awarded under the NextSTEP-2 Appendix H procurement.A Lockheed Martin executive confirmed they are still participating in the Blue Origin-led team while also studying other options. “Lockheed Martin continues to be committed to the National Team and its thoughtful, safe and sustainable lander system,” Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of commercial civil space at Lockheed Martin, said. A Northrop executive offered a similar comment. “We continue to work in partnership with Blue Origin and the ...

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