SpaceX, Boeing and Lockheed Martin are preparing future hardware for lunar rockets
As NASA is preparing to launch its first lunar rocket next month, companies such as SpaceX, Boeing and Lockheed Martin behind its Artemis moon landing plan Working hard for future tasks.
Lockheed Martin said last week that NASA has ordered three more Orion spacecraft developed by the company for the sixth to eighth missions of the Artemis program.
He suggested the latest order worth about $2 billion, and the company is currently building the Orion spacecraft for the second through fifth missions of the Artemis program.
A Boeing spokesman said the company is also making hardware for the Space Launch System (SLS) rockets used for these missions. Meanwhile, a joint venture between Boeing and Northrop Grumman is expected to win a NASA contract to build at least five SLS rockets for future launches, according to a recent NASA procurement document.
On Monday, a SpaceX executive said the company has been working on a series of ground tests that will take place ahead of the first orbital test flight of its Starship rocket, a model NASA hopes to use On the 3rd Artemis mission. The vehicle's role in the mission currently scheduled for 2025 is to pick up two astronauts from the Orion spacecraft and send them to the lunar surface.