Over the past three days, we’ve been covering development in the space startups as SpaceX raised $1.9 billion in funding from Fidelity and other investors. Prior to that, we also wrote about Dynetics, a subsidiary of Leidos, as the defense technology company races against SpaceX and Blue Origin to be the first private company to return astronauts to the moon.
On April 30, 2020, NASA selected Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, Elon Musk’s SpaceX, and Dynetics to develop the Artemis Human Lunar Landing System. According to NASA, Blue Origin was tasked with developing the Integrated Lander Vehicle (ILV) – a three-stage lander to be launched on its own New Glenn Rocket System and ULA Vulcan launch system. Since then, Blue Origin has made some progress in the development of the Integrated Lander Vehicle.
Today, Blue Origin’s HLS team today delivered an engineering mockup of its astronaut lunar lander to NASA’s Johnson Space Center. Standing at more than 40 feet tall, the mockup represents the ascent and descent elements of the Blue Origin spacecraft.
Blue Origin’s team is comprised of Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper. The team is working to offer a Human Landing System for NASA’s Artemis program to return Americans to the lunar surface – this time to stay.
NASA’s Artemis Program has a bold challenge to land the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024 – returning Americans to the lunar surface, opening the Moon for business, and building a path to Mars. To achieve these ambitious objectives, NASA released a solicitation for the industry to develop the final piece of its Artemis lunar architecture, the Human Landing System (HLS). The National Team integrates four companies each having a head start for this fast-paced program. We are working on a flexible, multi-element, commercial, and sustainable solution for NASA’s HLS effort.