In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA and Lockheed Martin reach agreement for the long term production of the Orion capsules that are to lead to a sustainable human presence at the Moon to prepare for future expeditions to Mars. NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA issue statement of joint commitment to their ongoing collaboration. NASA embraces a mid-2020s mission to launch a space telescope for the detection of asteroid impact threats to the Earth.
Human Space Exploration
NASA awards long-term Orion production contract to Lockheed MartinCoalition Member in the News – Lockheed MartinSpaceNews.com (9/23): NASA announced the award of a $4.6 billion agreement to Lockheed Martin on Monday to begin the production of six Orion crew capsules for Artemis Moon missions with astronauts on board. The first build is for Artemis 3, the first mission to return to the lunar surface with astronauts and planned for 2024. NASA and Lockheed intend to demonstrate that some Artemis hardware can be reflown to help manage costs.
NASA and JAXA issues joint statement on cooperation in lunar explorationGlobal JAXA (9/23): Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa and NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine met today to discuss ongoing cooperation in space, ...