Lockheed Martin has revealed a design for a lunar lander that it hopes will take astronauts to the Moon in 2024.
The company has outlined a plan that ties in with NASA's work on human space exploration, and if successful, would take the US to the lunar surface four years earlier than originally planned.
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Lockheed Martin hasn't announced how much more the abbreviated timeline will cost, but has said it will need extra resources to hit its new deadline.
“To have a lander ready in 2024, we need to start bending metal next year, with tooling in-house now,” said director of human space exploration strategy Rob Chamber.
Just the start
Lockheed Martin isn't the only company working with NASA to press ahead with a new manned mission to the moon, and has noted that it will be a collaboration between many businesses.
“This is not just a singular mission in 2024,” said Lockheed Martin space exploration architect Tim Cichan. “It’s the start of a long campaign.”
The company has released a video illustrating its concept in operation, touching down on the lunar surface, which you can watch below.
Via the Houston Chronicle