As per a recent announcement from NASA, they are going to collab again with the SpaceX program to carry 2 major part of gateway LUNAR ORBITER which will act as a pit stop at the space station for its upcoming mission, NASA is aiming to put them back at the moon for the upcoming Artemis Program. SpaceX launch was scheduled to launch for mid-2024, so it was a win-win deal for both of them.
It’s the second time NASA has put their trust in SpaceX for the launch in the space for their elements. The first contract was worth over $100 million, and the second one is worth over $331.8 million carrying habitation modules and gateway’s power. The launch is estimated to blast off around May 2024.
The purpose of the gateway is to serve as a pitstop for astronauts and a kind of storage for the Artemis Program. It’s about one-sixth the size of ISS (International Space Station) supporting crew, expeditions, and research investigators. Also, allowing other spacecraft and making it a wharf Station, for spacecraft like NASA’s Orion Spacecraft, After an incident in the human landing surface, the agency has decided to stop the human landing research. Maxer Technologies and Northrop Grumman Space System have built the PPE (Power and Propulsion Elements) and the HALO (Habitation and Logistics Outpost). HALO providing the space for the astronauts to stay on the way to the moon and PPE providing the power to the Gateway.
The European Agencies have agreed to provide the service module for the Gateway, including Key life support, Oxygen, and water, as well as electricity and temperature control. The European Space Agency also stated that the life support system on the Gateway will run up to 90 days at a time for a visiting astronaut.
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