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Dynetics Lunar Lander Dependent Upon Fuel Depots, Multiple Vulcan Centaur Launches

17 Sep 2020, 15:06 UTC
Dynetics Lunar Lander Dependent Upon Fuel Depots, Multiple Vulcan Centaur Launches
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Artist concept of the Dynetics Human Landing System on the surface of the Moon. (Credits: Dynetics)

by Douglas MessierManaging Editor

Dynetics’ proposed Human Landing System (HLS) depends upon fuel depots and multiple rocket launches to achieve NASA’s goal of landing two astronauts on the moon in 2024, officials said during a webinar earlier this week.

“Our lander is unique in that we need lunar fueling to accomplish our mission. In the next couple years, we will take in-space cryogenic propellant refueling technologies from the lab to [technology readiness level] 10 and operational,” said Kathy Laurini, payloads and commercialization lead for Dynetics’ HLS program.

Dynetics is in competition with SpaceX and a team led by Blue Origin to develop a lunar lander for NASA’s Artemis program. The space agency awarded development contracts to the three companies earlier this year.

Laurini said Dynetics’ mission would involve three launches of United Launch Alliance’s new Vulcan Centaur booster, which is set to make its maiden flight next year.

The first launch will carry the landing system, with the other two providing for the required fuel for the mission. The lander will dock with NASA’s Orion spacecraft or lunar Gateway, pick up two ...

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