NASA provides nearly a billion dollars to three companies with a view to re-send the astronauts on the Moon.
Even bigger than their companies, space agencies, the ego of Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos never miss never an opportunity to talk about themselves. Proof of this ego this morning, Elon Musk stated on Twitter that the title Tesla was too high! There is that him on Earth to begin such a confession, not once, but twice! But let’s leave the headache to the sites to gossip to the Web. Let’s give them even credit for the excellent financial performance of their companies that survived the crisis pandemic in strong increase; +70% for Tesla and +21% for Amazon since the beginning of the year.
The companies SpaceX and Blue Origin and, less well-known among us, the military-industrial Dynetics specializes in avionics (aircraft unmanned, space systems and unmanned vehicles) are engaged in the race to the Moon in the framework of the Artemis project of the NASA.
The three companies will submit competing proposals in view of a landing system inhabited which will be used to return to the Moon, and these will only be paid once they have passed through stages of development determined.
The total value of the contracts is $ 967 million, respectively, for a short period of 10 months.
Of the three, it is the group’s SpaceX is the most advanced with its rockets reusable and its module lander Starship fully integrated, which will use the powerful rocket Super Heavy.
The project module inhabited and imagined by Blue Origin
The company of Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, Blue Origin is developing a module lander with three floors, which will be launched to the aid of his rocket New Glenn pegged to the top of the launch system, ULA Vulcan.
The new launcher Vulcan called in to replace the rockets the Delta IV and Atlas V boosters RD-180 are supplied by Russia
About ULA, the launcher Vulcan is born of the joint venture, United Launch Alliance (ULA) between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, a project launcher born in 2015 to replace the rockets the Delta IV and Atlas V, and to also liberate themselves from Russia, which provides the boosters RD-180 rocket Atlas V.
In Dinetics, the system launcher Vulcan ULA is also used and on which we constructed a module of ascent and descent.
In the course of the next ten months, the companies will sharpen their concepts, after which NASA will select companies that will participate in the first missions of the demo.
That said, there is a catch in the mechanics of the financing. The funds of the Artemis project of NASA have not yet been approved by the u.s. Congress, while the government is to spend hundreds of billions to fix the economic crisis created by the pandemic.
Conversely, others believe that a project such as Artemis will give people a little hope and something to dream about a return of the Americans on the Moon to 2024, and to end the use of Russian rockets to go into space.
May 1, Day of the space
Remain a little in the spatial domain, this Friday, may 1st, is the Day of the space which aims to encourage young canadians to develop their interest in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Canada is a significant player in the exploration of space and had a major role on the discovery that what we know today about the space.
Google shares some tools for the astronauts and amateur astronomers who wish to explore the space using their computer.
They will be able to move without gravity thanks to Street View to get
aboard the international space Station
and to make the tour of the 15 modules, as well as observe 2 vehicles mooring (SpaceX Dragon and Orbital Cygnus) of the international space Station (ISS) in 360 degrees.
They will also be able to
visit the Devon Island
on Google Earth, which is the largest uninhabited island on Earth, on which we see a field similar to that on Mars. To find out how Google has taken to create this experience to a digital one, you can see
a video (in English) here
The first drone helicopter to Mars
The drone helicopter Ingenuity, NASA, the next mission to Mars this summer
Other news, NASA has developed a drone-type helicopter, called Ingenuity, to fly over the soil of the red planet. This will be the first flight to be performed on another planet than the Earth.
This little drone of less than two kilograms that has no instrument on board is only a prototype to test the exploration air in an atmosphere much more tenuous. Each bond of flight will only last 90 seconds to a maximum height of approximately 5 metres.
The next mission that will take Ingenuity is expected in July or August this year.