Points to Remember:
- NASA has contracted American global aerospace company Lockheed Martin to develop minimum six and as many as 12 spacecraft for its Artemis lunar exploration programme.
- NASA has designated $2.7 billion to Lockheed Martin, the US-based aerospace and defense company for preparing three Orion capsules for its Artemis missions III-V.
- These missions will be carrying NASA’s first woman and the next man to the Moon by 2024.
- The US space agency plans to order three more Orion capsules in the fiscal year 2022 for the Artemis missions VI-VIII, for a total of $1.9 billion.
- The Orion capsules are also designed to be reusable.
- The long-term plan of NASA is to reuse the recovered crew modules at least once.
- The Artemis mission is the US space agency’s next step in the field of space exploration by humans.
- It is part of NASA’s Moon to Mars exploration program.
About Lockheed Martin :
- Lockheed Martin Corporation is an American global aerospace, defense, security and advanced technologies company with worldwide interests.
- It was formed by the merger of Lockheed Corporation with Martin Marietta in March 1995.
- Headquarters: Bethesda, Maryland, United States
- CEO: Marillyn Hewson (1 Jan 2013)
- Subsidiaries: Sikorsky Aircraft, Skunk Works, etc.
Important Possible questions based on above News:
- Who is planning to buy 6 spacecrafts for the Artemis Moon Mission from Lockheed Martin? NASA
- NASA has contracted Lockheed Martin to develop minimum six and as many as 12 spacecraft for its Artemis lunar exploration programme for an amount: $ 4.6 Billion