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Today’s Deep Space Extra

27 May 2021, 16:26 UTC
Today’s Deep Space Extra
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In Today’s Deep Space Extra… Lockheed Martin and General Motors team up to develop a lunar rover for Artemis astronauts. President Biden’s FY2022 full budget request set to be released tomorrow.

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U.S firms GM, Lockheed aim for the Moon with lunar rover ventureCoalition Member in the News – Lockheed MartinReuters (5/26): Lockheed Martin and General Motors announced this week they will partner to develop an electric lunar rover for use by astronauts trained to explore the Moon under NASA’s Artemis initiative. The planned vehicle is expected to be part of the companies’ efforts to bid on a contract under the human exploration program. The companies said the vehicle will be able to operate autonomously on the lunar surface.
GAO skeptical of “ambitious” Artemis scheduleCoalition Member in the News – Northrop GrummanSpacepolicyonline.com (5/26): In a report issued Wednesday, the U.S. General Accountability Office (GAO) raised doubts that NASA can achieve a return to the surface of the Moon with humans by 2024 through the Artemis initiative. GAO did give NASA credit for the progress made since it last reviewed the program in 2019, but concluded that the agency is taking technical and programmatic risks that reduce ...

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