• NASA selects 'Maxar' to develop, build outpost as part of 2024 moon exploration

    By: Kelly Healey


    MELBOURNE, Fla. - NASA selected its commercial partner Thursday to develop and build the first segment of its Gateway outpost, the power and propulsion element (PPE) that will be the lunar orbiting staging point to send astronauts to the moon’s surface in 2024.  

    NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine announced that Maxar Technologies was chosen for the task as part of the Artemis program’s lunar exploration plansThe announcement was made at the Florida Institute of Technology in Melbourne. 

    Maxar is a space technology company based out of Colorado.

    “We’re going to go sustainable to the moon,” he said. The Gateway gives us more access to more parts of the moon”

    Watch NASA announcement below:

    According to NASA’s website, the Gateway’s PPE is “a high-power, 50-kW solar electric propulsion spacecraft section that will provide astronauts access to the entire surface of the Moon. It also will allow the Gateway to serve as a mobile command and service module by providing a communications relay for human and robotic expeditions to the lunar surface.”

    Read: 2024 moon mission named after moon goddess Artemis

    NASA said its lunar exploration plans are based on a two-phased approach: “The first is focused on speed – landing on the Moon in five years – while the second will establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon by 2028. NASA will use the Gateway to access the Moon, and the agency is targeting launch of the power and propulsion element in late 2022.”

    Click/tap here for more information on NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration plans.



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