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Title    Lockheed Martin Repurposing Shuttle Cargo Module to Use for Lunar Orbiting Base
Date    Tuesday July 25 2017, @10:22PM
Author    martyb
Topic   
from the this-is-progress? dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/07/25/1224254

takyon writes:

Let's just throw this old thing at the Moon and call it a day:

A cargo container that was built to fly on NASA's space shuttles is being repurposed as a prototype for a deep space habitat.

Lockheed Martin announced it will refurbish the Donatello multi-purpose logistics module (MLPM), transforming from it from its original, unrealized role as a supply conveyor for the International Space Station to a test and training model of a living area for astronauts working beyond Earth orbit. The work is being done under a public-private partnership between the aerospace corporation and NASA.

"We are excited to work with NASA to repurpose a historic piece of flight hardware," said Bill Pratt, Lockheed Martin's program manager for the deep space habitat contract, in a statement.

Donatello was one of three MPLMs that was designed to fly in the space shuttle payload bay to transfer cargo to the station. Built by the Italian Space Agency under a contract with NASA, two modules, Leonardo and Raffaello, flew on 12 shuttle missions between 2001 and 2011.

Also at Popular Mechanics.

Previously: NASA and International Partners Planning Orbital Lunar Outpost
NASA Eyeing Mini Space Station in Lunar Orbit as Stepping Stone to Mars

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Links

  1. "takyon" - https://soylentnews.org/~takyon/
  2. "this old thing" - https://www.space.com/37598-donatello-deep-space-habitat-prototype.html
  3. "refurbish the Donatello multi-purpose logistics module" - http://www.collectspace.com/news/news-072417a-donatello-mplm-deep-space-habitat.html
  4. "working beyond Earth orbit" - https://www.space.com/30560-nasa-orion-space-capsule-crewed-launch-delay.html
  5. "in a statement" - http://news.lockheedmartin.com/2017-07-20-Living-in-Deep-Space-Lockheed-Martin-to-Build-Full-Scale-Prototype-of-NASA-Cislunar-Habitat
  6. "Popular Mechanics" - http://www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/news/a27458/lockheed-martin-is-building-a-prototype-moon-habitat/
  7. "NASA and International Partners Planning Orbital Lunar Outpost" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/11/09/0256230
  8. "NASA Eyeing Mini Space Station in Lunar Orbit as Stepping Stone to Mars" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/04/17/137247
  9. "Moon Base Could Cost Just $10 Billion Due to New Technologies" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/03/19/1655240
  10. "Should We Skip Mars for Now and Go to the Moon Again?" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/06/08/0247242
  11. "Cislunar 1000 Vision - Commercializing Space" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=16/06/30/213224
  12. "Forget Mars, Colonize Titan" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/05/14/2030239
  13. "Japan Planning to Put a Man on the Moon Around 2030" - https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=17/06/30/2351233
  14. "Original Submission" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=21419

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