Returning astronauts to the moon would have significant benefits in science and economics, NASA officials said.
That message came during a NASA conference The Artemis project the search for the moon was held April 5 at the 37th annual National Space Symposium in Colorado. The discussion, titled “Artemis and the Industry: Building the Space Economy,” included panelists Kenneth Bowersox, NASA’s deputy director for space operations; James Free, NASA director of research systems; James Reuter, NASA director for Space Technology Mission Director; and Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA’s managing director for the Scientific Director.
Artemis hopes to create a long and lasting human presence around it the moon in the late 2020s. The program will use the Funeral system (SLS) megarocket, the Orion crew spacecraft, a small lunar orbital space called the Gateway and the astronaut’s orbit and landing systems.
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The first missionary in the program, Artemisa 1to launch Orion at a non -flying spacecraft around the month of June or so, and NASA is now preparing to launch it with a major experiment called “the blue cloth experiment.”
The experiment, which includes launching the Artemis 1 SLS rocket, began on April 1 at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida and is expected to end two days later. But technical problems slowed things down a bit, and then the missionary team stopped to host the April 8 announcement from KSC of privacy. Ax-1 the astronaut’s journey to the International Space Station.
The wet dress rehearsal will resume on Tuesday (April 12) at 5 pm EDT (2100 GMT) and end on Thursday evening (April 14).
Artemis 1 will be followed by Artemis 2, a flying lunar spacecraft scheduled to fly in 2024, and the crew of Artemis 3 will land in the south polar part of the moon, expected in 2025 or so. 2026.
These efforts are being made by partnering with private companies to create a stronger economy, NASA officials said during the Artemis consultation.
“Our mission will be to work between NASA and five missionary guides,” Free said.
Although Artemis has a strong focus on science, “there are economic opportunities in the middle of the class from our perspective,” he said. “We’re about to give it a go [spacesuit] Agreements based on services from other users air clothes in the future. We are developing additional territories that can become service agreements where others can use those territories for their own use. “
Bowersox has agreed to build relationships with Artemis to help grow the public sector.
“There are many ways” to grow the airline industry, he said.
“One way is to increase the federal budget and spend more money,” Bowersox said. “The other way is to bring in private capital. It’s even harder, from a government perspective, to come up with ways to bring in that private capital and increase the work that’s being done. … accomplish what we want to do by exploring space. “
He reported on the progress made with commercial cargo and aircraft to the International Space Station, companies such as SpaceX fly with always.
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“One of the hardest things for us on the government side is to relinquish some of the power we have,” Bowersox said. “By giving some of the power to the business partners with whom we have built trusting relationships, we are able to give it back. We need to find more. Solar system. “
And these companies will help open up more scientific opportunities, Zurbuchen said.
“With this new economy, we have been able to create missions and do the things we have dreamed of for the last five years,” he said.
“What’s up with monthly payroll services [CLPS], and the various agreements there, is to create a new flight that will directly make many innovations in earth tools and technologies that we have not seen in many years. , “Zurbuchen added.” This is what happens when you find a new location. economy. You can start navigating new development paradigms, can take on new challenges, create new projects that aren’t there and create a community that exists. “
Reuter said NASA’s Director of Space Technology is looking for transformative technologies for human and robotic missions, which will allow market growth in the process.
“A big part of our work is to support Artemis,” he said. “On the lunar surface, we have 30 flight technologies [on robotic CLPS missions], doing a variety of things to help establish a permanent residence on the moon. The power systems we install; Are there any construction projects we can do? How do we get into the most difficult places? Everyone is involved with universities and in the industry and our own NASA staff. “
At the end of the show, moderator Lauren Smith challenged the panelists to look beyond Artemis and think about what sailing will look like two years from now.
“I think I see it growing as a low -earth orbit,” Free said. “Our participation in the ISS is a service now. I think we have built a continuum so that we can enter the moon’s surface in a commercial way as well as… that commercial companies and we always use it, but not as a single owner, and we’re working our way up Mars. “
Zurbuchen said there are some critical changes that are difficult to predict, but we are on the side now.
“Having more advanced advertising systems will change the way we do things,” he explained. “The question is, How do we change our future in this environment? How do we create solutions for advanced telescopes for geometric systems that actually use these tools that we have? who talked
“To me, a lot of science is moving to that area, and our job as a profession is to use that first but focus on the leadership side and trying to prove it, I think, we will build 20 years from now.that steam go to the other stars. “
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