This time, when we go to the moon, we’re going to stay. So, we’re not going back to the moon to leave flags and footprints and then not go back for another 50 years. We’re going to go sustainable. To stay. With landers and robots and rovers – and humans.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is planning not only to land Astronauts on the Moon in 2028, but to also stay there and live along with robots and rovers. So, they’d need the assistance of commercial companies to build commercial vehicles, landers, and even the stuff like space blankets, refueling stations, etc.
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So, our favourite space agency has issued a notice for Commercial Companies, more likely those like SpaceX and Virgin Galactic to bring up ideas for landers, Transfer Vehicles, etc., and all of them should be reusable. Although, who’d live such an expensive life?
As per the Space Policy Directive 1, signed by Donald Trump, entitles NASA to send astronauts to the Moon in a Sustainable way. As an honest opinion, this is what they’ve been doing since then.
As per Space.com,Here’s NASA’s yearly plan to achieve this astonishing goal:
First, in 2024, the space agency aims to launch the Orion spacecraft and European Service Module to the Gateway on the Space Launch System
, NASA’s new megarocket. A lander descent module will then launch to the Gateway on a commercial rocket for an uncrewed test landing demonstration on the lunar surface.
In 2026, an Orion spacecraft
will launch astronauts to the Gateway along with the ascent element of a crewed lunar lander. Two commercial rockets will then launch a transfer vehicle and descent element of the lander to the Gateway. The transfer vehicle will fly the combined lunar lander from the Gateway to low-lunar orbit, then detach so the lander can descend to the moon’s surface in an uncrewed full-up landing test. The transfer vehicle and lunar ascent element then return to the Gateway.
In 2028, the entire system comes together. A crew of four astronauts will launch to the Gateway in an Orion spacecraft on a Space Launch System rocket. They’ll deliver an airlock to the station while they’re at it. A series of commercial launches then follow, including two cargo and refueling missions (one for the Gateway and one for the transfer vehicle and lunar ascent element), and a new lunar descent element.
The astronauts will then use the transfer vehicle to fly their lander into low lunar orbit, detach and make the trip to the lunar surface. If this NASA plan is realized, the space agency could have humans back on the moon about one year before the 60th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing.
Not only this, NASA even plans to imitate the same procedure on the Red Planet.
NASA plans to launch Astronauts on Moon using Commercial Vehicles and let them stay for a plenty of time. They’re asking for opinios from Companies like SpaceX, Virgin Galactic, etc., and they’ll be helping NASA with building landers, refueling stations etc. NASA will be following a 4-year strategy to accomplish this plan.
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