NASA Has Selected SpaceX’s Starship For Its Second Crewed Artemis Lunar Landing

However, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin revealed in August that the agency expects Artemis 3 to launch in 2026. According to his statement, NASA expects delays in the development of the human landing system and its next generation spacesuits.

NASA Has Selected SpaceX’s Starship For Its Second Crewed Artemis Lunar Landing-RAVZGADGET
NASA Has Selected SpaceX’s Starship For Its Second Crewed Artemis Lunar Landing

NASA has expanded SpaceX’s role in the Artemis program, naming the company’s Starship lunar lander to transport the second group of astronauts to the Moon.

The agency chose SpaceX’s human landing system for Artemis 3, which will return humanity to the Moon decades after the last Apollo mission.

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NASA announced earlier this year that it was accepting new lunar lander proposals for use beyond Artemis 3 to ensure “redundancy in services.”

While SpaceX was not permitted to participate, the agency did state that it intended to exercise an option under their existing contract and request that the company modify its landing system to meet a new requirement.

That is, for its lander to be capable of transporting humans from the Gateway station, which has yet to be installed in lunar orbit, to the Moon itself.

NASA will then be able to use this improved lander for future missions as humanity attempts to establish a long-term presence on the Moon.

“The aim of this new work under Option B is to develop and demonstrate a Starship lunar lander that meets NASA’s sustaining requirements for missions beyond Artemis III, including docking with Gateway, accommodating four crew members, and delivering more mass to the surface.”

The original contract with NASA was worth $2.9 billion, but this modification will increase the total by $1.15 billion.

In 2025, the company’s Starship lunar lander is expected to transport astronauts to the Moon for the first time.

However, NASA Inspector General Paul Martin revealed in August that the agency expects Artemis 3 to launch in 2026.

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According to his statement, NASA expects delays in the development of the human landing system and its next generation spacesuits.

NASA’s Artemis 4 mission, which will send four more astronauts to the Moon, is scheduled to launch in 2027.

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