NASA announced three contract awards for the Artemis Progam’s Human Landing System—a Blue Origin-led team, Dynetics, and SpaceX’s Starship. I talk through some thoughts on each landing system and what the future might hold for NASA, regarding both politics and decisions.
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- NASA Selects Blue Origin, Dynetics, SpaceX for Artemis Human Landers
- NASA Names Companies to Develop Human Landers for Artemis Missions | NASA
- Blue Origin's HLS National Team Mission to the Moon to Stay with NASA - YouTube
- Dynetics Lander Infographic (PDF, 5.1MB)
- SpaceX on Twitter: “A lunar optimized Starship can fly many times between the surface of the Moon and lunar orbit without flaps or heat shielding required for Earth return”
- House members criticize NASA lunar lander awards - SpaceNews.com
- Episode T+152: SpaceX’s Dragon XL Wins Gateway Logistics Services Contract - Main Engine Cut Off
- NASA Announces Industry Partnerships to Advance Moon, Mars Technology | NASA
- New Companies Join Growing Ranks of NASA Partners for Artemis Program | NASA
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