|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.