The first part of NASA lunar base build Maxar for $ 375 million

Space agency NASA has contracted with a space technology company Maxar 375 million. Under the contract, the latter will develop the first segment Lunar Gateway, which will go into space - esteem that is "Lunar gateway", the future space station in orbit of the Moon. Maxar, which can now boast that became the first commercial partner of the initiative, will work on the power and propulsion element of the lunar orbital station.

The first part of NASA lunar base build Maxar for $ 375 million

The component will provide the energy station, maneuvering capabilities, height control, communication systems, and the first docking capabilities.

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If you are not familiar with this name, it is because the company is not committed to a particular publicity and public relations, working mostly behind the scenes for major technology companies. The best-known products include Maxar the Canadarm - a giant crane - used on the space shuttle NASA, as well as remote manipulation system Canadarm2 and Dextre on the International Space Station. Experience with space technology it does not hold. While Maxar will be responsible for this project, Blue Origin Jeff Bezos and Draper will help the company to design and build the spacecraft for a demonstration. You see, the company will have to prove that the component works, performing a demonstration space mission, and guided by the 2022. Demo period can last up to a year, but once it is proved that the segment is running, it will officially become the first element of the Gateway.

In its announcement Maxar said its element will be based on the 1300 series of the spacecraft platform. In addition, it is said that the key element of this design will be launched by NASA Segmented solar battery (ROSA), which rolled to the launch, and not folded. The company announced that it will choose a commercial rocket to launch the energy and power segments over the next 12-18 months. New Glenn on Blue Origin, as noted by Ars, may well become a leader, given its participation in the project, however, Maxar does not say so explicitly.

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