The planned Gateway lunar orbiting platform is critical for staging human explorationmissions to the lunar surface by 2024 as mandated by Vice President Pence, Chairman ofthe National Space Council. The Gateway platform will include a pressurized habitationmodule with environmental control and life support systems to house astronauts duringlunar missions. To accomplish a lunar landing, astronauts aboard an Orion Spacecraft willlaunch toward the moon on an SLS rocket, rendezvous with Gateway (with the MHM) in alunar orbit, and descend to the lunar surface via a crewed lander by 2024.In order to meet NASAís 2024 human lunar landing deadline, NASA examined the existingNextSTEP-2 contractorsí concepts for deep space habitation modules. As stated in thesynopsis (80JSC019GTWYHAB), not all contractors currently performing services via theNextSTEP-2 BAA Appendix A, would be selected to receive an award for this next phaseand additional phases. Each contractor's proposed approach, progress, and capabilities werereviewed and assessed by NASA for potential use as a MHM. In order to meet the GatewayProgramís schedule and support the Vice Presidentís 2024 human lunar landing mandate,NASA determined it was necessary to continue to work with NGIS for these highlyspecialized services. NGIS was the only NextSTEP-2 contractor with a module design andthe production and tooling resources capable of meeting the 2024 deadline.
Really happy about the quick movement on this. So are the PPE and the Mini-Hab on contract at this point? Also, since the Phase1 Mini-Hab is launching on a commercial launch vehicle, does the CLV put it on a TLI trajectory and Mini-Hab does the rest (including rendezvous with the PPE in NHRO)?
Does a "minimal" hab mean we will see a "full" hab on the Gateway later? Kinda wanted to see an expandable module on it (Bigelow or Sierra Nevada).
Does the Canada Arm-2 need to be ready for 2023-4 on the Gateway? Or will Orion and Lander be capable of autonomous Docking to the Hab module? I'm assuming they'll be using the IDA?
Really happy about the quick movement on this. So are the PPE and the Mini-Hab on contract at this point?
Generally speaking, it sounds like one of the key pieces for the lunar return is well underway. How about the lander? Who's building that?