The US National Lunar Transport System Team, led by Blue Origin, which also includes Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper, has unveiled a full-size engineering mock-up of a lunar lander at the Johnson Space Center’s Spacecraft Mockup Facility (SVMF).
It is interesting to see some opposition between the principled approaches of the above team of companies and
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The full-scale engineering model consists of two modules — a landing module and a manned take-off compartment.
Says Brent Sherwood, Vice President of Advanced Development Programs at Blue Origin, “
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Kirk Shireman, Vice President of Lunar Campaigns at Lockheed Martin Space, “
The mock-up will remain at Johnson Space Center until early 2021 for a series of tests and simulations.
Well, let’s «sprinkle salt on the wounds.» And what are they saying in Roscosmos and its head Dmitry Rogozin? And he says here, rather the Investigative Committee and the Prosecutor’s Office. The other day, former general director of RSC Energia, Vladimir Solntsev, was arrested on suspicion of embezzling more than 1 billion rubles.
The fact that the investigating bodies are working is good. But the question is — Why is this even possible? Why do people work in this area, for whom personal enrichment is more important, and not the prestige of the country and the implementation of large-scale projects? How and by whom are the personnel selected? After all, each such episode rolls Russia farther and farther back in the space race.
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