NASA picks SpaceX to deliver cargo to the Lunar Gateway

NASA picks SpaceX to deliver cargo to the Lunar Gateway

NASA picks SpaceX to deliver cargo to the Lunar Gateway

This implies SpaceX will be among the organizations that NASA can go to when it needs things carried through spaceship among Earth and this approaching stage, which will circle the Moon and give an arranging ground to future ran Moon missions. Unlike current Dragon capsules that only stay docked to the ISS for a few weeks, the Gateway capsule will stay at the station for six to 12 months at a time.

NASA notes these firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts for logistics services guarantee two missions per logistics services provider with a maximum total value of $7 billion across all contracts as additional missions are needed.

Though other provides are still likely to be considered in the future for the mission, SpaceX is the first company signed by NASA under the agreement so far.

NASA has hired SpaceX to transport cargo, research equipment and other supplies to the Gateway space station the agency plans to build in lunar orbit, officials said on Friday.

The Dragon XL spacecraft is based on the legacy of SpaceX's unpilote Dragon cargo ship, which now delivers deliveries to the global space station, and the company's Crew Dragon spacecraft, created to transport astronauts to and from the outpost beginning later this year.

NASA picks SpaceX to deliver cargo to the Lunar Gateway

SpaceX's next test flight from its Crew Dragon spacecraft will be the first manned mission to use the company's hardware.

NASA has awarded SpaceX as the first provider of space-based cargo to deliver experiment materials and supplies to its lunar Gateway, the agency declared Friday. It's a big deal for both SpaceX and NASA, which recruited SpaceX as part of its Commercial Crew program alongside its competitor Boeing. "This contract award is another critical piece of our plan to return to the Moon sustainably", NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. Gaining new experiences on and around the Moon will prepare NASA to send the first humans to Mars in the coming years, and the Gateway will play a vital role in this process. Falcon Heavy will be used to perform a liftoff from Earth. The Artemis program, along with the Gateway Space Station, will provide new knowledge about the moon, the Earth and our solar system.

SpaceX and NASA already work together on several projects under the Commercial Crew and Commercial Resupply contracts for the International Space Station.

The birth of the Gateway will see start with the construction of two of the station's mission-essential modules - the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) and the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) - have been contracted to Maxar Technologies and Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, respectively. The European Space Agency is expected to contribute with an worldwide housing module, or IHAB, and the Canadian Space Agency provides robotic arms.

"We're making significant progress moving from our concept of the Gateway to reality", said Dan Hartman, Gateway program manager at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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