Boe­ing nveils ee for Moon and Mars

India Strategic - - APPOINTMENTS -

COLORADO SPRINGS. Boe­ing April 3 un­veiled con­cepts for the deep space gate­way and trans­port sys­tems that could help achieve NASA’s goal of hav­ing ro­bust hu­man space ex­plo­ration from the Moon to Mars. NASA’s Space Launch Sys­tem (SLS), which Boe­ing is help­ing de­velop, would de­liver the habi­tat to lu­nar space near the Moon. Known as the Deep Space Gate­way, the habi­tat could sup­port critical re­search and help open op­por­tu­ni­ties for global govern­ment or com­mer­cial part­ner­ships in deep space, in­clud­ing lu­nar mis­sions. It would be pow­ered by a So­lar Elec­tric Propul­sion (SEP) sys­tem.

“The abil­ity to si­mul­ta­ne­ously launch hu­mans and cargo on SLS would al­low us to as­sem­ble the gate­way in four launches in the early 2020s,” said Pete McGrath, di­rec­tor of global sales and mar­ket­ing for Boe­ing’s space ex­plo­ration divi­sion.

The Deep Space Gate­way could be the way­point for Mars mis­sions. Util­is­ing a dock­ing sys­tem akin to what the In­ter­na­tional Space Sta­tion ( ISS) uses for com­mer­cial op­er­a­tions, it could host the Deep Space Trans­port ve­hi­cle, which would take hu­mans to Mars. Once Space Tech­nolo­gies for Ex­plo­ration Tech­nolo­gies (Next Step) pro­gramme and an on­go­ing High Power SEP tech­nol­ogy de­vel­op­ment ef­fort within the NASA Space Tech­nol­ogy Mis­sion Directorate (STMD).

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