Missions To The Moon (HSF) / Re: NASA's Artemis Program Updates and Discussion Thread 5« Last post by VSECOTSPE on 03/23/2023 11:04 pm »
The pressurized rover will be provided by JAXA, NASA has no plans for its own pressurized rover. However, NASA does have plans for a LTV (lunar terrain vehicle) for a which a draft RFP has been issued.
Of course. That doesn’t make it immune from delays in the ostensible 9/31 launch date for Artemis VII or development issues at JAXA.
My opinion, but LTV, while necessary, doesn’t justify a ~$100 billion investment in Artemis over a decade or so. If the program isn’t putting some fundamentally new surface capabilities — like a pressurized rover or a habitat — within the planning horizon, I don’t see the point behind such an expensive, slow Apollo retread. There’s a lot better things the nation could apply those taxpayer dollars and that technical workforce towards.