NASA in megadeal with Lockheed for moon mission

A megadeal between NASA and Lockheed Martin calls for a first phase of three Orion capsules that will take astronauts back to th
A megadeal between NASA and Lockheed Martin calls for a first phase of three Orion capsules that will take astronauts back to the moon

NASA on Monday earmarked almost $3 billion to Lockheed Martin to build three Orion capsules, to allow US astronauts to return to the moon by 2024.

The megadeal calls for a first phase including three capsules for $2.7 billion, for Artemis missions III to V—to take astronauts back to the .

Each can carry four astronauts.

The space agency plans to order three more capsules during 2022 for missions VI to VIII, for a total of $1.9 billion, said a NASA statement.

Six other capsules can be ordered later.

"This contract secures Orion production through the next decade, demonstrating NASA's commitment to establishing a sustainable presence at the Moon to bring back new knowledge and prepare for sending astronauts to Mars," said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

The Orion capsule must be able to bring astronauts to the Moon and back, and it must also be capable of traveling to Mars and beyond.

"Orion is a highly capable, state-of-the-art spacecraft, designed specifically for deep space missions with astronauts, and an integral part of NASA's infrastructure for Artemis missions and future exploration of the solar system," Bridenstine added.

How the US plans to return to the Moon
Graphic on NASA's Artemis program to establish a mini-space station orbiting the Moon before landing on the surface in 2024

NASA believes that ordering in groups of three capsules—up to a dozen are now envisaged —should help it save money.

The service module—the part of the ship that has the main elements to keep astronauts alive during their flight—is the responsibility of the European Space Agency.

Orion capsules must also be reusable at least once.

In addition to the capsule that will orbit around the Moon attached to a mini-station (the Gateway), NASA asked the aerospace sector at the end of July to propose detailed vehicle projects to land two on the Moon by 2024, including the first woman.

For now, the Artemis program is running behind schedule, mainly because of the construction delays of the SLS heavy rocket, piloted by NASA.

The flight of the Artemis I mission—unmanned—is scheduled for 2020. The first manned Artemis II flight is scheduled for 2022.


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Sep 24, 2019
snark:
Could be worse, could be Boeing...
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Sep 24, 2019
Somebody's gotta build it.

Sep 24, 2019
Hmmm,

Feminists: we won't collect garbage, pump sewage, fix pipes, electrical circuits, or vehicles, touch a shovel, build homes or roads, make a sammich, have sex with men, or give birth.

Also Feminists: why won't men send us to the moon?

Sep 24, 2019
Amazing, nothing in this article has any chance of happening as described. Perhaps the closest is Lockheed will take additional billions of dollars to produce more of the same "Orion Work," i.e., massive billing for little to no progress. Lockheed and Boeing have robbed NASA for over $30B for Orion and SLS and produced exactly zero flight ready hardware. There should be a criminal investigation.

Sep 24, 2019
Amazing, nothing in this article has any chance of happening as described. Perhaps the closest is Lockheed will take additional billions of dollars to produce more of the same "Orion Work," i.e., massive billing for little to no progress. Lockheed and Boeing have robbed NASA for over $30B for Orion and SLS and produced exactly zero flight ready hardware. There should be a criminal investigation.

Welcome to the moondoggle.

Sep 24, 2019
Lockheed Martin
Political contributions (2018)
$4,680,488

LOBBYING
$13,205,502 (2018)
$14,464,290 (2017)

Sep 24, 2019
Tekram, you are right to cite to the millions of dollars in political contributions per year by Lockheed Martin.

https://www.opens...00000104

We need a total ban on campaign contributions from any person or legal entity (corporation, PAC, etc.), except maybe $100 from individuals willing to make their donation a matter of public record. The Founding Fathers knew separation of Church and State was necessary, now we know the separation of Wealth and State is also necessary.

Sep 24, 2019
It'd be nice to see some other players bid on this.

Sep 24, 2019
nothing in this article has any chance of happening as described. Perhaps the closest is Lockheed will take additional billions of dollars to produce more of the same "Orion Work," i.e., massive billing for little to no progress. Lockheed and Boeing have robbed NASA for over $30B for Orion and SLS and produced exactly zero flight ready hardware. There should be a criminal investigation.
This is what you said about the shuttle isnt it? And ISS. Youre really kind of pathetic, you know?

Orion and the SLS are military vehicles, just like the shuttle, and are following the typical R&D curve of continuously incorporating state-of-art tech during construction, with corresponding budget and schedule drift. Contrast the starship being built in a field-

When you absolutely need the very best, this is how it is done. And the US military will settle for nothing less.
now we know the separation of Wealth and State is also necessary
Now? Howd that work out for the soviets, eh?

Sep 24, 2019
I wonder why spaceX didn't win the bid

Sep 25, 2019
'Lockheed and Boeing have robbed NASA for over $30B for Orion and SLS and produced exactly zero flight ready hardware."

Lockheed and Boeing are corporate arms of the military, NASA is part of the military. The only ones being robbed are the taxpayers.

Sep 25, 2019
"This is what you said about the shuttle isnt it? And ISS. Youre really kind of pathetic, you know?"

Otto, you are a liar and a moron. I am blocking you from this point forward.

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