NASA Artemis mission: Boeing’s Human Lander System (HLS) will minimize mission complication with its ‘Fewest Steps to the Moon’ approach, Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Space and Launch for Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a press statement..
Boeing has acknowledged a suggestion to NASA for designing one of the Artemis landers that will take humans to the surface of the moon and return them to lunar orbit. The integrated Human Lander System (HLS) will minimize mission complications with its ‘Fewest Steps to the Moon’ approach, Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Space and Launch for Boeing Defense, Space & Security said in a press statement.
Boeing’s suggestion looks at reducing the risk of multiple launches to orbit, which could be 11 or more, by delivering the lander’s Ascent Element and Descent Element to lunar orbit in one rocket launch. Boeing’s HLS is able of enabling crewed lunar surface landing with only five mission demanding events, according to the release.
Under NASA’s Artemis mission, the astronauts will be first sent to the Orion spacecraft using the new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. The spacecraft will take the crowd to the lunar orbit and will return them to Earth as well. The Orion spacecraft will be tie up at the Gateway, from where the astronauts will take expeditions to the surface of the Moon in the human landing system.
“The lander’s flexible design permits for the fastest path to lunar flights while providing a robust platform that can perform NASA’s full range of exploration missions. It can hook up with the Gateway lunar orbiter or directly with NASA’s Orion to eliminate the need for an additional spacecraft, both on time to meet the 2024 mandate,” Boeing said in the releases.