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July 9-15, 2018 / Vol 37, No 28 / Hawai`i Island, USA

6 Jul 2018, 20:21 UTC
July 9-15, 2018 / Vol 37, No 28 / Hawai`i Island, USA
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Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway Commercial / International Partners and Planning Advance via NASA Industry Day

Industry Day for a commercial partnership for the Gateway Lunar Orbital Gateway-Platform Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) is being held at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio on July 10. This first element, targeting launch 2022 on a commercial vehicle, will be 8-9 tons and capable of providing 50-kW solar electric power for the entire Gateway, controls & communications, and maintain its near-rectilinear halo orbit (NRHO) as well as move it between lunar orbits. Other evolving modules include Cislunar Habitation Module launch on EM-3, Gateway Logistics Module on EM-4, and Gateway Airlock Module on EM-5. NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, JAXA and Canada are leading the Gateway development; India is expected to participate. This innovative station is driven by Space Policy Directive 1 aiming for a human return to the Moon and USA preeminence in deep space. Some question whether the Gateway will be ‘another ISS’ which is not in optimal orbit to reach the Moon, although it could be used as a refueling depot and stop toward other outposts closer to the Moon or Mars. The new space race may be motivated by China’s continued Chang’e ...

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