Wallops Island, Virginia—NASA will not be able to land astronauts on the moon by 2024 due to the two spacesuits. Not ready on time And NASA administrator Bill Nelson said Tuesday as the losing bidder protested the lunar module contract.
“The goal is 2024. We have been on hold for 100 days awaiting protest.” Blue origin According to Nelson, dynetics to the Government Accountability Office over NASA’s decision to give SpaceX a contract. The protest stopped all work on the lander until GAO. Throw it away July 30th.
But even more important than legal delays are NASA inspectors. reportIt turns out that the astronaut’s spacesuit, released on Tuesday, is not ready on time.
“NASA’s current schedule is to produce the first two flyable xEMUs by November 2024, but NASA inspectors cite program delays, COVID impacts, and cost overruns. And we are facing significant challenges in achieving this goal.
The next-generation spacesuit, known as the Extravehicular Mobility Unit, has been manufactured for years, saying, “By the time two flyable xEMUs are available, NASA will develop and assemble $ 1 billion. You’re spending more than that, “said IG.
“Given these expected delays in spacesuit development, NASA’s current planned lunar landing in late 2024 is not feasible,” the inspector general wrote. “The suit was not ready for flight until April 2025 at the earliest.”
Nelson did not immediately comment on the report.
U.S. and China reach the moon and are fighting to establish the moon Moon base.. The United States is investigating a location in Antarctica, “I want to prove that the ice is there,” NASA deputy director Robert Cabana told Wallops reporters, but the final location has not been decided. do not have.
Nelson said Blue Origin could further delay the work of the lunar module.
“We are waiting to talk to a federal claims court, such as the federal district court, to see if we can appeal further. Of course, you can appeal to a US court from there. “He said. “So there are many blockades in front of us.”
Blue Origin said in a statement to Defense One that it was still evaluating legal options.
A Blue Origin spokeswoman said in an email, “The issues identified in NASA’s procurement process and their consequences need to be addressed to ensure competition and a safe return to the US Moon. I believe. ” “We are currently evaluating legal options.”
Nelson said NASA aims to contract with multiple companies for future lunar missions.
What are your plans for landing on the moon?
“The goal is 2024, but the space is tight and now it has all the charm,” Nelson said. “understand.”
https://www.nextgov.com/emerging-tech/2021/08/spacesuits-and-lawsuits-put-2024-moon-landing-jeopardy/184476/ Spacesuits and proceedings bring Jeopardy a landing on the moon in 2024