NASA announced on Thursday that it has selected Maxar Technologies to develop and demonstrate power, propulsion and communications capabilities for its Lunar Gateway project. The contract begins with a 12-month base period followed by a 26-month option, a 14-month option and two 12-month options.
Although originally planned for 2028, NASA says it can accelerate the next Moon mission to 2024 and it wants more money to do it. NASA and the White House have requested a $1.6 billion budget amendment to fly the so-called Artemis mission four years sooner than planned. The project is named after the Greek goddess of the Moon and Apollos twin sister.
Nearly two weeks after the event, SpaceX has confirmed that its Crew Dragon capsule was destroyed during ground testing on April 20 at Cape Canaveral, Florida. As previously reported by AVweb, the incident occurred during tests of the capsules abort thrusters.
NASA says its InSight Mars probe has measured and recorded for the first time ever a likely marsquake. The agency says the first recorded trembling appears to have emanated from inside the planet, as opposed to noise signatures from events on the surface.