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Blue Origin Announces National Team to Build Lunar Lander for NASA’s Artemis Program

22 Oct 2019, 17:27 UTC
Blue Origin Announces National Team to Build Lunar Lander for NASA’s Artemis Program
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Blue Moon crewed landing vehicle. (Credit: Blue Origin)

WASHINGTON, DC (Blue Origin PR) — Today, Blue Origin is proud to announce a national team to offer a Human Landing System for NASA’s Artemis program to return Americans to the lunar surface by 2024.

Blue Origin has signed teaming agreements with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper. These partners have decades of experience supporting NASA with human space flight systems, launch vehicles, orbital logistics, deep-space missions, interplanetary navigation and planetary landings.

Our combined experience is uniquely positioned to meet NASA’s needs for the Artemis program. Each partner will bring their industry leading solutions to the following roles:

Blue Origin, as prime contractor, leads program management, systems engineering, safety and mission assurance, and mission engineering while providing the Descent Element that is based on the multi-year development of the Blue Moon lunar lander and its BE-7 engine.Lockheed Martin develops the reusable Ascent Element vehicle and leads crewed flight operations and training.Northrop Grumman provides the Transfer Element vehicle that brings the landing system down towards the Moon.Draper leads descent guidance and provides flight avionics.

“National challenges call for a national response. We are humbled and inspired to lead this deeply committed team ...

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