Lockheed Martin has revealed a new crewed lunar lander concept and showed how the reusable lander aligns with NASA’s lunar Gateway and future Mars missions.
The crewed lunar lander is a single-stage, fully reusable system that incorporates technologies and systems from NASA’s Orion spacecraft.
In its initial configuration, the lander would accommodate a crew of four and 2,000 lbs of cargo payload on the surface for up to two weeks, before returning to the Gateway without refuelling on the surface.
Putting people on the Moon
Lisa Callahan, vice president and general manager of Commercial Civil Space at Lockheed Martin Space, said: “NASA asked industry for innovative and new approaches to advance America’s goal of returning humans to the Moon, and establishing a sustainable, enduring presence there.
“This is a concept that takes full advantage of both the Gateway and existing technologies to create a versatile, powerful lander that can be built quickly and affordably. This lander could be used to establish a surface base, deliver scientific or commercial cargo, and conduct extraordinary exploration of the Moon.”
This video explains more about the concept: