NASA decided to accelerate the colonization of the natural satellite of the Earth
The U.S. space Agency has long been planning to send a man to the moon after project Apollo. Now the user quickly reduces the implementation time of the programs. The representatives of NASA told foreign reporters.
In December 2017, the President of the United States Donald trump signed a Directive SPD-1 early implementation of the lunar project. For two years, scientists have been unable to achieve great success in this direction. It is assumed that this is why the head of NASA Jim Breidenstein decided to speed up work on the mission.
He recently held a meeting with other members of the leadership roundtable in the capital city of Washington. There they announced to the media details of new project. Now NASA is going to not only send people to the moon, but to gain a foothold on the surface in the form of some bases.
“One of the things that I consider important, is that we want to have the possibility of multiple use of our apparatus, while retaining the intense speed of implementation plans. It is important that we have returned to the moon as quickly as possible,” said Breidenstein.
Under the new timeline, the astronauts sent to the first flight in 2028 is less than 10 years. And in 2024, NASA will begin testing the spacecraft that will deliver crew and equipment to the satellite. In addition, NASA seeks to accelerate programs for sending to the moon a small robotic vehicles with the devices on Board. In particular, to search for water ice. These ships can send by the end of 2019 to prepare the platform for the future of the colony.
In March, the Agency will send aerospace companies request with a proposal to build space ships to moon. From may to July, the Agency intends to conclude all the necessary contracts. It is prepared to pay contractors from 300 thousand to nine million dollars. According to Bridenstine, the Agency opened for business enterprises (such as Lockheed Martin, Blue Origin, SpaceX and Boeing) and government organizations. Including overseas.
It is known that NASA has developed a tiered strategy to deliver people to the moon. It involves the construction of space station “the Gate” on the orbit of the satellite. For 15 years, it will serve as astronauts staging area. There people will live and train during the construction of the base on the surface, traveling to the moon and back to specialnych shuttles. Which, incidentally, have yet to develop.