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NASA's Initial Artemis Human Landing System In April 2020, NASA announced the selection of three companies to begin the initial phase of development of human landing systems to take the first woman and the first person of color to the lunar surface through NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program. The selected companies were a Blue Origin-led team with Lockheed Martin, Northrup Grumman, and Draper; Dynetics (a Leidos company); and SpaceX. Contracts were awarded shortly after, kicking off a ten-month base period during which NASA worked closely with each company to finalize functional and performance requirements, confirm lander development standards, and establish baseline designs, schedules, and management plans for contract execution and human spaceflight certification. At the end of the base period, in the Spring of 2021, NASA awarded a single follow-on Option A contract to SpaceX to continue their work on Human Landing System (HLS) Starship development. Currently NASA and SpaceX are working collaboratively on Option A which will ultimately culminate in one uncrewed and one crewed mission to the lunar surface under Artemis III.

This paper will provide a look at the Option A phase of development for the Human Landing System Program, including publicly available information on SpaceX’s HLS Starship design as well as near-term and future milestones for HLS and the Artemis program.
Document ID
20220013431
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Lisa Watson-Morgan
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Lakiesha Hawkins
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
John Crisler
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Larry Gagliano
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Rene Ortega
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Thomas K. Percy
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Tara Polsgrove
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Joe Vermette
(Marshall Space Flight Center Redstone Arsenal, Alabama, United States)
Date Acquired
August 31, 2022
Subject Category
Aeronautics (General)
Meeting Information
73rd International Astronautical Congress(Paris)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: 954876
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
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