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Blue Origin Puts Together Team for NASA Artemis Human Landing System

By Annamarie Nyirady | October 22, 2019

      An artist illustration of Blue Origin’s Blue Moon lunar lander. Photo: Blue Origin

      Blue Origin revealed a national team to offer a Human Landing System for NASA’s Artemis program to return Americans to the lunar surface by 2024. Blue Origin signed teaming agreements with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, and Draper. These partners have decades of experience supporting NASA with human space flight systems, launch vehicles, orbital logistics, deep-space missions, interplanetary navigation, and planetary landings.

      Each partner will bring their solutions. Blue Origin, as prime contractor, leads program management, systems engineering, safety and mission assurance, and mission engineering while providing the Descent Element that is based on the multi-year development of the Blue Moon lunar lander and its BE-7 engine. Lockheed Martin develops the reusable Ascent Element vehicle and leads crewed flight operations and training. Northrop Grumman provides the Transfer Element vehicle that brings the landing system down towards the Moon. Additionally, Draper leads descent guidance and provides flight avionics.

      “National challenges call for a national response. We are humbled and inspired to lead this deeply committed team that will land NASA astronauts on the Moon,” said Bob Smith, CEO, Blue Origin. “Combining our partners’ heritage with our advance work on the Blue Moon lunar lander and its BE-7 engine, our team is looking forward to working with NASA in support of the Artemis program.”