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Title    SpaceX Now Claims They Might Return Humans to the Moon Even Before 2024
Date    Monday August 23 2021, @12:57PM
Author    janrinok
Topic   
from the might-is-a-very-big-word dept.
https://soylentnews.org/article.pl?sid=21/08/23/1216201

SpaceX Now Claims They Might Return Humans to the Moon Even Before 2024

upstart writes:

SpaceX Now Claims They Might Return Humans to The Moon Even Before 2024:

It's no secret that a new Space Race has been brewing over the past few years. This time, rather than being a competition between two federal space agencies, the race has more competitors and is more complicated.

In addition to more state competitors, there are also commercial space entities vying for positions and lucrative contracts. Add to that a network of public-private partnerships, and you have Space Race 2.0!

In particular, there has been quite the stir ever since NASA awarded the Artemis contract for the Human Landing System (HLS) to SpaceX. This resulted in legal challenges filed by Blue Origin and Dynetics (SpaceX's competitors), as well as a lawsuit and messy public relations campaign.

NASA has since removed the stop-work order and commenced payments to SpaceX, which recently indicated their HLS concept could be ready to go before the 2024 deadline.

As part of the NextSTEP – 2 Appendix H program, NASA selected SpaceX, Blue Origin, and Dynetics to develop the HLS that will take the Artemis III astronauts back to the lunar surface. Initially, NASA hoped to award contracts to two of these companies but ultimately went with SpaceX due to budget constraints and timetables.

In response, Blue Origin and Dynetics filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

SpaceX Thinks It Can Send Humans to the Moon Sooner Than 2024 - Universe Today

upstart writes:

SpaceX Thinks it can Send Humans to the Moon Sooner Than 2024 - Universe Today adds:

The SpaceX HLS concept is a modified version of the Starship, which is currently undergoing rapid development (along with the Super Heavy booster) at SpaceX's launch facility near Boca Chica. According to the latest mockup (shown above) and previous statements by Musk, the HLS Starship will have a higher payload capacity since it will not require heat shields, flaps, and large gas thruster packs (all of which are needed for atmospheric reentry).

It also comes with wider landing legs, which future Starships may do away with entirely now that SpaceX is building the "Mechazilla" launch tower. In any case, concerns about potential delays and fulfilling the 2024 deadline go beyond the four months lost due to the GAO's stop order. In addition, there are reported issues with the Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Units (xEMU) spacesuits, leading to fears that they won't be ready in time.


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Links

  1. "upstart" - https://soylentnews.org/~upstart/
  2. "SpaceX Now Claims They Might Return Humans to The Moon Even Before 2024" - https://www.sciencealert.com/spacex-thinks-it-can-return-humanity-to-the-moon-before-2024
  3. "Human Landing System" - https://www.nasa.gov/content/more-about-the-human-landing-system-program
  4. "commenced payments to SpaceX" - https://twitter.com/artemis360_moon/status/1426713118260924417
  5. "before the 2024 deadline" - https://twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1426713672706052101
  6. "NextSTEP – 2 Appendix H" - https://www.nasa.gov/nextstep/humanlander2
  7. "NASA selected SpaceX" - https://www.universetoday.com/150937/nasa-picks-spacex-to-land-astronauts-on-the-moon/
  8. "Artemis III" - https://www.esa.int/ESA_Multimedia/Images/2020/05/Artemis_3_step-by-step
  9. "Government Accountability Office" - https://www.gao.gov/
  10. "SpaceX Thinks it can Send Humans to the Moon Sooner Than 2024 - Universe Today" - https://www.universetoday.com/152262/spacex-thinks-it-can-send-humans-to-the-moon-sooner-than-2024/
  11. "SpaceX HLS" - https://www.universetoday.com/146508/how-spacex-is-changing-starship-to-be-able-to-land-on-the-moon/
  12. "SpaceX's launch facility near Boca Chica" - https://www.universetoday.com/152090/starship-is-stacked-on-the-super-heavy-booster-the-tallest-rocket-ever-built/
  13. "Mechazilla" - https://www.universetoday.com/152221/musk-confirms-how-mechazilla-will-catch-and-assemble-starship-and-super-heavy-for-rapid-reuse/
  14. "Exploration Extravehicular Mobility Units" - https://www.nasa.gov/feature/a-next-generation-spacesuit-for-the-artemis-generation-of-astronauts
  15. "won't be ready in time" - https://www.universetoday.com/152219/2024-artemis-landings-could-slip-because-of-a-lack-of-spacesuits-musk-offers-to-develop-them/
  16. "Original Submission #1" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=50828
  17. "Original Submission #2" - https://soylentnews.org/submit.pl?op=viewsub&subid=50826

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