Blue Origin’s space industry all-star team submits proposal for landing system to carry humans back to the Moon

The Blue Origin -led “National Team” has submitted a proposal to NASA for its Human Landing System (HLS), which would be used to transport the next lunar astronauts to the surface of the Moon during NASA’s forthcoming Artermis mission series. Blue Origin is one of three companies selected by NASA to bid on contracts for its human Moon landing missions, leading its team comprised of itself, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper. Blue Origin and Dynetics were the other companies with proposals strong enough to impress the U.S. space agency.
Blue Origin’s submitted proposal is for the so-called Option A portion of the NASA HLS proposal ask, which is set intentionally to provide the right timing for the current 2024 target for the first human landing to take place during the Artemis series. There’s also an Option B ask, which would be for later stage missions including a 2026 flight demonstration. NASA is seeking to find a private partner to build the human landing system, which will be wholly owned by the commercial entity that ends up producing the vehicle, with NASA acting as a customer – similar to what the agency did with its Commercial Crew program for transportation from Earth to the International Space Station.

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