NASA is currently preparing for the upcoming missions of the Commercial Crew Programme after the success of “Launch America“. However, just like the previous mission, the company will once again take the help of a private space organization. Previously used the Falcon-9 rocket from SpaceX to complete the historic mission. Elon Musk helped carry two astronauts to the ISS onboard the Crew Dragon Capsule. Similarly, a new deal between NASA and Northern Grumman links to the possibility of making a lunar hotel.
Northern Grumman recently received funds worth $147 million in order to complete the deed by 2024. The private space organization will be developing a HALO for NASA’s Gateway space mission. The Gateway mission of 2023 will act as a predecessor to the Artemis mission of 2024.
The cost-saving success of @Commercial_Crew is based on @NASA establishing high-level requirements and letting private companies innovate. For the Artemis Moon base, NASA will establish a cost per ton delivered and once again let private companies innovate. pic.twitter.com/KFhlI9KzHU
— Jim Bridenstine (@JimBridenstine) June 8, 2020
NASA HALO: A Lunar Hotel for Astronauts
The upcoming gateway is going to be a crucial part of the Artemis architecture. The addition of habitation and logistics outpost (HALO) will help improve the plans for further human space exploration in Moon. This will also help prepare for future human missions to Mars.
Northrop Grumman has been awarded a contract by NASA to execute the preliminary design and development of the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO). https://t.co/MkHXLzyAXU
— Joe Pappalardo (@PappalardoJoe) June 5, 2020
HALO is the lunar hotel which is going to be equal to the size of a small studio apartment. The hotel has the plan to host astronauts on their way to or from Moon. The space organization, Northern Grumman does not have enough time to rest now. The company needs to develop the lunar hotel and the gateway’s power and propulsion element (PPE) by 2023.
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