NASA’s Artemis lunar program aims to carry out another manned landing on the lunar surface in mid-2020. On Monday afternoon Swedish time – more precisely at 14.33 – the first flight of the Artemis program is scheduled to take place. The time window ends in two hours – in the event of technical or weather-related problems, NASA has two backup launch dates, September 2 and 5.
Artemis 1 is unmanned and during its 42-day voyage around the Moon will test all systems for future missions with astronauts on board. A newly used space capsule has been developed and dubbed Orion. In addition, Artemis 1 is the first performance of NASA’s formidable new launch vehicle SLS, the Space Launch System.
A number of companies included in the Artemis program participate. Among the biggest defense giants are Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman, but Aerojet Rocketdyne and Jacobs Engineering also provided hardware and software for the vehicle, according to reports. CNBC. In February, Lockheed Martin canceled its acquisition of missile maker Aerojet Rocketdyne after the US antitrust regulator opposed the deal.
The first landing on the moon is planned for 2025 in connection with the third flight in the Artemis program, Artemis 3. The intended lunar lander is a reconstructed version of the space company’s Spacex’s Starship rocket, which is still in development, according to CNBC.
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