NASA picks SpaceX to deliver cargo to the Lunar Gateway
The house firm will use a variant of the Dragon capsule — completely different from the one it is utilizing for ISS missions — that may carry greater than 5 metric tons of cargo for its Gateway missions. It will fly on high of the firm’s super-heavy raise launch car, the Falcon Heavy rocket. Unlike present Dragon capsules that solely keep docked to the ISS for a number of weeks, the Gateway capsule will keep at the station for six to 12 months at a time.
SpaceX will launch a variant of Dragon, optimized to carry greater than 5 metric tons of cargo to Gateway in lunar orbit https://t.co/NdJaFU1xSD
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 27, 2020
SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell mentioned in an announcement:
“Returning to the Moon and supporting future space exploration requires affordable delivery of significant amounts of cargo. Through our partnership with NASA, SpaceX has been delivering scientific research and critical supplies to the International Space Station since 2012, and we are honored to continue the work beyond Earth’s orbit and carry Artemis cargo to Gateway.”