NASA has applied to Congress for funding approval for manned landers. To date it has not been forthcoming. re: the Blue Origin/ Lockheed Martin/ Rockwell proposal Lockheed Martin has said that they need to be starting work on the hardware right now if they are to meet the 2024 deadline. Has it become political? Do democrat congress people want Trump saying "I have made America great again, look we are even back on the moon" at the end of his second term (assuming he gets a second term). SLS could end up a launch system without a purpose. After spending $30 plus billion dollars developing it seems crazy slowing up final $1 billion for lander development.