Blue origin, together with partners Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper was one of three companies that have received orders from NASA to develop human lunar landers for future lunar missions. The so-called “national team” of Blue Origin focuses on the development of a Human Landing System (HLS) for NASA To support his efforts to bring human astronauts back to the surface of the moon by 2024, she announced today that she and her partners have taken the first crucial step in defining the requirements of the mission, including all space and ground vehicles used.
This is an important first step, creating a checklist of the thousands of items that make up the parameters of the national team̵
Blue Origin and its partners are not going to start from scratch with their design, which is a benefit for the Bezos -founded aerospace company working with established industrial partners such as Lockheed, Northrop and Draper. They “develop” much of their landing system design from existing spacecraft, including the Orion, the reusable spacecraft that brings NASA astronauts back to the Moon through the Artemis program, partly built by Lockheed Martin.
Ultimately, the HLS will consist of a Blue Origin descent element and a Lockheed Martin reusable ascent element. and a Northrop orbital transfer element that will position the lander for its final leg journey to the lunar surface.