Mars Base Camp: Lockheed Martin's Red Planet Plan in Pictures

Mars Base Camp: Lockheed Martin's Red Planet Plan in Pictures”

Lockheed Martin also announced that it is developing prototypes for the Deepspace Gateway project, a collaboration between the United States and Russian Federation, which will see a space station launched into lunar orbit to act as a staging point for future missions to the lunar surface and deeper into space.

The first Orion EM-1 mission will be launched to the moon in 2019 with the first crewed Orion mission to lunar orbit occurring in 2021 or 2022.

Lockheed Martin further said that some information about Mars Base Camp's architecture and operation plans will be available at this year's International Astronautical Congress, in Austrailia.

Mars Base Camp is Lockheed's vision of how to send humans to mars in about ten years. "Partnered with NASA, our vision leverages hardware now in development and production".

After few hours of Lockheed Martin's IAC presentation in Australia, SpaceX founder Elon Musk was expected to update his individual vision for sending thousands of settlers to Mars starting in the 2020s.

It is from the Deepspace Gateway that the Mars Base Camp would be constructed and launched into Martian orbit.

In addition to an orbiting base camp, Lockheed also envisions a reusable, single-stage lander for the outpost called a Mars Accent Descent Vehicle (MADV), using Orion avionics and systems as its command deck and powered by engines using liquid-hydrogen/liquid-oxygen propellant, both of which will be generated from water. After that duration the lander returns to Mars Base Camp to be refueled and used for another mission. After the completion of the mission, which could last up to two weeks, the lander would ferry the astronauts back to the orbiter.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 97,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services.

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