NASA has dismissed one of the leaders of the lunar program
Deputy head of space agency NASA on the development of lunar projects Marc Sirandzhelo, appointed to this position just a few weeks ago (in April), was dismissed and is currently losing the case, the press-service of the department head with reference to the statement by the Director NASA Jim Braydenstayna.
According to the most Braydenstayna, the US Congress refused to approve the proposal Aerospace Agency of the US space agency reorganization to create in it a special unit, which was engaged in the preparation of missions to the Moon. As pointed out by the head of NASA, and this was one of the reasons for dismissal Sirandzhelo because his services agency no longer needs.
"Inside the Directorate for human exploration and manned NASA space flight of space currently held organizational changes that will maximize the effectiveness of training of the crew of men and women to land on the moon in 2024. Given that the creation of a special unit to manage the lunar program, the Agency does not need space agency, Mark Sirandzhelo decided to look for other opportunities, "- commented Braydenstayn.
In turn, the development of NASA lunar program "Artemis" continues. Most recently, the US president, Donald Trump announced that the Agency for the development of the Moon and Mars will be allocated additional funding of 1, 6 billion dollars. According to current plans, the United States intends to land on the Moon in 2024 and on Mars - in the mid-2030s. A few days ago NASA chose the first contractor to build a lunar space station Deep Space Gateway. Engaged in the development of space technology company Maxar Technologies will receive from the agency a grant of 375 million dollars to build a power plant and means of communication for mobile command and service module.
Maxar Technologies developed an installation, which is a jet boat capacity of 50 kW and runs on solar energy. According to the claimed contract for 12 months, the company is committed to complete the design of the spacecraft. Over the next 26 months, the company is to build a module. The NASA expect to send the power element to the orbit of the moon at the end of 2022. Within a year after the launch will be conducted demonstration flights of the ship, which is all that time will belong Maxar Technologies. After this period, NASA will be able to purchase it for use as the first station element.
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