In Today’s Deep Space Extra… NASA contracts with Northrop Grumman to advance the development of a Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) for a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway.
Human Space Exploration
NASA issues contract to Northrop Grumman for Gateway moduleCoalition Members in the News – Maxar Technologies, Northrop GrummanSpaceNews.com (6/6): Under the terms of a $187 contract with Northrop Grumman announced by NASA late Friday, the company will continue the design work on a lunar orbiting, human tended Gateway, an initial two module temporary way point for astronauts launched aboard NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) and Orion crew capsule to transition to commercial lunar landers to be shuttled to and from the surface of the Moon. The Northrop Grumman Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) is to be mated to a Maxar Technologies Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) as a combined payload for launch in late 2023. Together with international contributions, the Gateway is to support a sustained human presence at the Moon to prepare explorers for a mission to Mars in the 2030’s.
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