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Karlston posted a topic in General NewsNASA picks SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy to launch two key pieces of the Lunar Gateway The decision prompted some contractual hiccups Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images NASA chose SpaceX’s heavy-lift Falcon Heavy rocket to launch the first two elements of the agency’s Lunar Gateway, a planned outpost orbiting the moon. The two Gateway pieces, a propulsion module and astronaut living quarters, were originally designed to launch separately, but NASA picked SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy as a one-trip solution for $332 million.
Karlston posted a topic in General NewsNASA planning to launch an integrated Lunar Gateway in 2023 NASA has already assessed the viability of the Falcon Heavy for the task. Enlarge / Artist's concept of initial configuration of the Lunar Gateway. NASA 84 with 34 posters participating Last week NASA announced awards to three companies to develop Lunar Landers as part of the Artemis Program. But the space agency did not say much about its "other" major program near the Moon, a Lunar Gateway that will serve as a small space station that will be used to c
Karlston posted a topic in General NewsSome NASA contractors appear to be trying to kill the Lunar Gateway "I am concerned that the decisions are not being driven by what is most efficient." Enlarge / NASA conceptional artwork for the Exploration Upper Stage carrying the Orion spacecraft. NASA During a hearing of the House space subcommittee on Wednesday, the outlines of a battle over the future of NASA's Artemis Moon program emerged. Yet it was not a partisan fight over whether the Republican White House plan to land humans on the Moon by 2024 should or shouldn'