For Spacebit's upcoming mission to the Moon, the company is planning on deploying a total of eight robots on the lunar surface.
Using the more powerful block 1B variant of the SLS, Boeing says a lunar landing can been carried out with just five "mission critical events" instead of almost a dozen required by competing designs that might require the use of Gateway and multiple launches with less-powerful commercial rockets.
The sample, numbered 73002, was collected by Apollo 17 astronauts Gene Cernan and Jack Schmitt, who drove a 4cm-wide tube into the surface of the moon to collect it, reported the Xinhua news agency, according to Nasa's news release yesterday.
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According to Pavlo Tanasyuk, the company's CEO, each of the spider-like robots, which Spacebit refers to as Moon crawlers, costs about $3 million each and weighs around a kilogram.
Boeing is a seasoned aerospace company in comparison to Blue Origin, which has only recently entered the space technology segment.
Its approach, named "Fewest Steps to the Moon", would use the huge Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. It could instead dock with Nasa's Orion spacecraft directly for a simpler mission profile. The new authorization monthly bill, as a substitute, claims the Moon should play an important part in preparing NASA for its all round tactic of sending humans to Mars.
NASA's Artemis program is attempting to use a so-called "stepping stone" that would involve building a Gateway station near lunar orbit, using the Orion capsule and other transfer vehicles; Boeing said its lunar lander would not need the additional steps.
Using the more powerful block 1B variant of the SLS, company engineers say the Boeing lander's ascent and descent stages could be sent to the moon fully assembled, eliminating the need to "mate" components in lunar orbit that were launched separately. That'll be a full Orbital Flight Test to the International Space Station in December of 2019.More news: Red Wings swap forwards with Blues, acquire Robby Fabbri
There will be two lander contracts available. It's not clear whether the Block 1B version of the SLS would be ready in time for a 2024 mission, however. "This mission will result in the first payload from the United Kingdom to reach the Moon surface and mark the beginning of a new era in commercial space exploration for Britain".
Boeing's design relies on NASA's exploration backbone, the SLS rocket now in production at NASA's Michoud Assembly Facility (MAF).
The company also will provide the critical resources and industry knowledge required to ensure on-time delivery in support of a 2024 lunar landing.
Neil Armstrong made history by becoming the first person to set foot on the moon.
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John Young and Charles Duke were the next men to walk on the moon.