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Question Are SpaceX helping NASA to get to the moon?

Jun 6, 2020
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Hi there, so i know that NASA are working in partnership with SpaceX and Boeing for the manufacturing of space craft to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS. But i want to know why NASA have decided to build the space craft "orion" and "gateway" them selfs in order to get to the moon in 2024. How come they chose to sub-contract out the designing and manufacturing of space craft to fly to the ISS but have opted to go to the moon alone and design and manufacture space craft them selfs?
 
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tariqmalik

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Hi dsimpson682,

Thanks for this question. NASA has actually tapped SpaceX to help its Artemis program on two fronts.

1) SpaceX has been selected to fly cargo missions to NASA's planned lunar Gateway space station, which will orbit the moon and serve as a basecamp for future trips to the lunar surface. SpaceX is expected to develop a new, cylindrical space tug based on its current Dragon systems for that project.

2) On April 30, NASA picked SpaceX as one of three companies (a Blue Origin-led team and Dynetics were the others) to build the moon landers its astronauts will need to land on the moon. SpaceX will use its Starship design for crewed moon landings under that plan.

I do hope this helps and thanks for asking!

Sincerely,
Tariq
 
Jun 6, 2020
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Hi dsimpson682,

Thanks for this question. NASA has actually tapped SpaceX to help its Artemis program on two fronts.

1) SpaceX has been selected to fly cargo missions to NASA's planned lunar Gateway space station, which will orbit the moon and serve as a basecamp for future trips to the lunar surface. SpaceX is expected to develop a new, cylindrical space tug based on its current Dragon systems for that project.

2) On April 30, NASA picked SpaceX as one of three companies (a Blue Origin-led team and Dynetics were the others) to build the moon landers its astronauts will need to land on the moon. SpaceX will use its Starship design for crewed moon landings under that plan.

I do hope this helps and thanks for asking!

Sincerely,
Tariq
Great, thankyou for your response. This has finally answered my question. Great response
 
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May 31, 2020
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markjohnstone.co.uk
Hi everyone,

I agree with Tariq.

NASA Orion spacecraft will support the lunar missions which are being planned under project Artemis.
Project Artemis is designed to lay the foundations for a lunar base. The Lunar Gateway will orbit the moon in order to provide a base for the lunar landers. Space Dragon XL capsule will provide logistical support for the lunar gateway and these could be docked with the lunar gateway for some time. Countries are interested in the moon because of its resources, Fusion Power is being developed and nations are looking for a fuel source (H-3)

The most interesting part of SpaceX technology isn’t the Dragon capsule, it’s the falcon 9 reusability and its automated landing system. Years ago, NASA built a technology demonstrator called the DC-X Delta Clipper that had the ability to land vertically (DC-X Delta Clipper). This technology could be used in the new NASA lunar landers.

SpaceX are planning on landing one of the Starships on the moon, that`s a great name for a spacecraft. I personally think that these spacecraft might be too large for a landing, but they would be great solar system exploration craft or even a liner cruising between the moon and the earth.

Regards

Marc
 
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Nov 19, 2019
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Hi there, so i know that NASA are working in partnership with SpaceX and Boeing for the manufacturing of space craft to carry NASA astronauts to the ISS. But i want to know why NASA have decided to build the space craft "orion" and "gateway" them selfs in order to get to the moon in 2024. How come they chose to sub-contract out the designing and manufacturing of space craft to fly to the ISS but have opted to go to the moon alone and design and manufacture space craft them selfs?
The government funds the CCDev program under NASA's guidance so apparently they don't want to do the same for Orion and Gateway. NASA's budget is decided by Congress and they generally direct them on what programs to use the money on.
I think Elon Musk wants the Starship to go to the moon but that still has a long way to go and I don't know if it will be used for anything other than tourism.
 
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The government funds the CCDev program under NASA's guidance so apparently they don't want to do the same for Orion and Gateway. NASA's budget is decided by Congress and they generally direct them on what programs to use the money on.
I think Elon Musk wants the Starship to go to the moon but that still has a long way to go and I don't know if it will be used for anything other than tourism.
NASA and Musk's current plans are for the cargo variant to go to the Moon. This would take up to twenty tons at a time, perhaps more. Of the three selected, it's the heavy hauler.

For the Lunar orbital station, the plan is to supply them with something like the current Dragon Cargo but with a larger transport module. For that they might actually need Falcon Heavy to reach the Moon.

Of course these plans seem to change monthly.
 
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markjohnstone.co.uk
NASA and Musk's current plans are for the cargo variant to go to the Moon. This would take up to twenty tons at a time, perhaps more. Of the three selected, it's the heavy hauler.

For the Lunar orbital station, the plan is to supply them with something like the current Dragon Cargo but with a larger transport module. For that they might actually need Falcon Heavy to reach the Moon.

Of course these plans seem to change monthly.
The moon is back on the radar which i think is good. I agree, the Falcon heavy will be need. But in general the artemis lunar gateway is an interesting concept. This is an interesting video. The Orion capsule seems to spend a lot of time moving between docking ports.

View: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K4YMFP9O-as
 
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It's good to dream (again) but let's be honest NASA isn't going back to the moon by 2024.... political turnover and other political agendas will almost certainly derail any progress, not to mention you should likely double or triple any estimate from Boeing. I'd be surprised if there are NASA boots on the moon by 2030, unless they are carried by SpaceX Starship.
 
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