Huge colonization of Mars by SpaceX Spaceship vehicle can make its first extraterrestrial landing only three short years.
SpaceX is one of five such companies newly qualified for delivering robotic loads to the surface of the Moon for NASA, through the agency's commercial program LUNAR Payload Services (CLPS). SpaceX proposes to do this work with Starship and Super Heavy, a reusable duo of spacecraft that the company is developing to help humanity become a multi-pan genre.
And Starship may soon begin to charge NASA loads on Earth's nearest neighbor if everything goes according to plan.
"Our goal is to drop the spacecraft to the surface of the Moon in 2022," said SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell at a NASA teleconference on Monday (November 18).
SpaceX is not guaranteed to fly the CLPS mission in the same year or another year. SpaceX now qualifies for NASA lunar delivery services; he will still have to beat the rest of the CLPS pool, which currently has 14 companies, for each lunar contract.
And every mission that a spacecraft flies under the banner of CLPS will almost certainly provide equipment for various customers. The spacecraft is able to transfer 110 tons (100 metric tons) to the dusty gray surface of the moon on every journey, Shotwell said, and it's hard to imagine NASA doing the same.
NASA sees CLPS as a key factor in its operation Artemis program manned exploration of the moon, which aims to place two astronauts, including the first woman, on the moon by 2024 and establish there long-lasting human presence by 2028.
A commercial spacecraft will land on equipment and experiments – such as NASA Volatiles Investingating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER) – ice and ice mapping that will pave the way for these astronaut pioneers, highlighted agency representatives. And buying a ride on a private ship, instead of developing and building your own landers, will save the agency a lot of money, NASA representatives said during today's telecon.
SpaceX is also excited about working with CLPS. The spacecraft has always been designed to carry people, but early discovery, such as the launch of a communication satellite, CLPS flights and cargo missions to the surface of Mars, will prove that the vehicle is evidence.
"CLPS is a great piece of what we want to do with a spaceship," she said today.
SpaceX has one mission with the crew of a spaceship – a round the moon flight reserved by Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who plans to take a handful of artists with him. This mission is directed to 2023.
Large spacecraft milestones will also appear in the near future. The founder and CEO of SpaceX, Elon Musk, recently unveiled a glossy, full-size prototype vehicle, known as Starship Mk1, which can begin to conduct 12-mile (20 km) test flights in the coming months.
The other four companies that have joined the CLPS today are Ceres Robotics from California and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc.; Sierra Nevada Corp. from Colorado; and based in Washington Blue Origin, which will use the Blue Moon lander.
The other nine companies were eligible for CLPS announced in November 2018. Two of them – Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines – are to deliver NASA's scientific equipment and many other charges to the lunar surface in July 2021.
NASA is also looking for the construction of a crewed Artemis lander in the private sector. In May last year, the agency selected 11 companies to research and build prototypes, and the pool had to submit detailed proposals by November 8. NASA is to choose four finalists early next year.
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