Private industry is partnering with NASA to develop technologies and vehicles for crewed missions to the Moon and Mars. The space agency has now released the final Request for Proposals for human-rated lunar landers. The latest solicitation is a culmination of development partnerships and calls for feedback from commercial offerors on draft solicitations.
Today, at the International Astronautical Congress in Washington, DC, Blue Origin announced its strategy for answering the call. Blue Origin will partner with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper to develop a complete Human Landing System (HLS) for the Artemis program.
Blue Origin will act as prime contractor and develop the descent element of the HLS based on its Blue Moon lander and BE-7 engine. “National challenges call for a national response,” said Bob Smith, CEO of Blue Origin. “Combining our partners’ heritage with our advance work on the Blue Moon lunar lander and its BE-7 engine, our team is looking forward to working with NASA in support of the Artemis program.”
Rendering of a human-rated variant of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lander – via Blue Origin
Lockheed Martin will develop a reusable Ascent Element to take crews from the lunar surface back to the lunar Gateway. ...