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Lockheed Martin Studies Lunar Lander Design  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4043 times:

I just came across an interesting article showing some of the possible configurations of NASA's next lunar lander, tentatively called "Artemis".

Apologies if this has been posted before.

Please see:

http://www.nasaspaceflight.com/content/?cid=4810

And,

http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/for...s/thread-view.asp?tid=4393&start=1

See also October 10, 2006 MSNBC story at:

http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2006/10/10/6435.aspx

[Edited 2006-10-11 15:36:47]

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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 4009 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):
I just came across an interesting article showing some of the possible configurations of NASA's next lunar lander, tentatively called "Artemis".

My guess is that NASA won't call the LSAM "Artemis". Aside from the name already being associated with a commerical lunar endeavour, the entire program is called "Constellation" and the CEV is called "Orion". I'm betting the LSAM will also be named for a constellation. If Lockheed-Martin wins with its Centaur-derived vehicle, I'd bet on "Centaurus".


User currently offlineDeltaDC9 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 2844 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 3987 times:

Quoting Thorny (Reply 1):
If Lockheed-Martin wins with its Centaur-derived vehicle, I'd bet on "Centaurus".

Forgive my ignorance, but didnt LM win the whole thing? Or is the Lunar and Mars partions a seperate RFPs? Or yet again, is it just that the launch vehicle has not been determined?

Anyway, I was under the impresion that any EELV or EELV derived system was ruled out in favor of Shuttle derived hardware.



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User currently offlineThorny From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (7 years 10 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 3969 times:

Quoting DeltaDC9 (Reply 2):
Forgive my ignorance, but didnt LM win the whole thing? Or is the Lunar and Mars partions a seperate RFPs? Or yet again, is it just that the launch vehicle has not been determined?

No, Lockheed-Martin won the contract to build the Crew Exploration Vehicle, called "Orion", which is the Apollo Command Module-like ship.

The Lunar Surface Access Module, the new Lunar Lander, won't go out for bids until around 2011 with first flight probably around 2018, because there won't be any money available to build it (and the huge Ares 5 rocket to launch it) until after Shuttle's 2010 retirement.

Lockheed's early concept designs for its LSAM seem to have some heritage with its Centaur upper stage, including the RL-10 engines. LSAM will dwarf the Apollo Lunar Module because in the new program the LSAM, not the Orion (Apollo Command/Service Module analog) will be performing the Lunar Orbit Insertion rocket firing.

The Mars program won't see significant development funding until the early 2020s at the soonest, but the Orion will serve as the crew transport to/from a massive Mars Expedition Ship probably assembled in Earth orbit.


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