Picture: Lockheed Martin will produce more Orion spacecraft for NASA
Netease Technologies News September 24, according to foreign media reports, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has ordered a new batch of Orion spacecraft, and invested at least $4.6 billion in the lunar landing project.
NASA is very serious about the lunar landing program, which plans to return humans to the moon in 2024. In addition, NASA aims to make the moon a sustainable base, so it needs a lot of spacecraft to land on the moon.
NASA announced Monday that it had signed a new Orion spacecraft production contract with Lockheed Martin. The document, Orion Production and Operations Contract (OPOC), aims to support up to 12 missions of Artemis, the Greek mythological goddess of the moon and hunting goddess, to the moon. NASA said in a press release that the contract will focus on the reusability and sustainable development of the lunar surface.
The contract will continue until the end of 2030, including the purchase of at least six Orion spacecraft, but NASA is likely to purchase up to 12 Orion spacecraft. NASA has been testing the safety systems and engines of Orions lunar spacecraft, designed to safely transport astronauts to and from the Moon.
The cost of making a lunar landing spacecraft is not low. NASA initially signed an order for three Orion spacecraft for $2.7 billion. The second order, which includes three spacecraft, will land in fiscal year 2022 at a price of $1.9 billion. NASA expects each spacecraft to be reusable at least once.
NASA is currently ordering three Orion spacecraft to carry out missions Artemis 3 to 5 at a cost of $2.7 billion. The agency plans to order three additional Orion capsules for missions Artemis 6 to 8 in fiscal year 2022, with a total value of $1.9 billion.
Mark Kirasich, Orion project manager, said: No spacecraft in the world can survive for weeks hundreds of thousands of kilometres away from Earth with its safety, astronautsaccommodation, technological innovation and reliability, like Orion spacecraft. Elon Musks SpaceX may join in the development of its interstellar spacecraft.
At the same time, NASA must deal with delays in any complex space mission. The contract shows that NASA considers far more than 2024. (Chen Chen)
Source: Responsible Editor of Netease Science and Technology Report: Wang Fengzhi_NT2541