Low on the ground. Reusable. Affordable. Flexible. Crew-centered. These were some of the selling points for space company Dynetics, which unveiled a model of the human landing system it is developing for NASA̵
The lander has a cylindrical center structure that can be used as lunar habitat or even built in the shape of a rover that separates from the main lander.
Dynetics shared a video of the test item on Tuesday, which offers a glimpse of the surprisingly spacious interior.
“The focus of the test article is on the interfaces of the crew so that the team can test the activities of the crew within the module,” Dynetics said in a statement. “The flexible design can be easily reconfigured so that the human systems integration team and flight crew can review early conceptual designs and provide feedback, and iterate quickly.”
Dynetics is one of several companies competing for the honor of safely carrying NASA astronauts to the moon.
We saw one in August. SpaceX is that . As NASA determined back in April, one of them will land the first woman and the next man on the lunar surface by 2024.
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Alabama-based Dynetics is not as well known as Blue Origin or SpaceX, but is already working with NASA on the Space Launch System rocket project that will power the Artemis missions.
The 2024 date puts NASA and its partners on an ambitious timeline, but it’s fun to see the lunar landers of the future take shape right before our eyes.