NASA declared March 27 it has chosen SpaceX to give cargo transportation services to the office’s arranged lunar Gateway.
SpaceX is the first, and to date just, the organization was chosen by NASA for its Gateway Logistics Services program. Demonstrated on the commercial cargo program for the International Space Station, the program will pay for cargo transportation services to and from the lunar Gateway to help run missions there and to the lunar surface.
SpaceX will use another spacecraft, called Dragon XL, launched on the organization’s Falcon Heavy rocket to convey load to the lunar Gateway. SpaceX portrayed the rocket, whose development it had not recently revealed, as a variation of the organization’s existing Dragon spacecraft equipped for carrying more than five metric tons of pressurized and unpressurized cargo.
An illustration of Dragon XL released by NASA demonstrated the spacecraft to be round and hollow, and not the conical-shaped state of the Cargo Dragon or its new team variation. The Gateway Logistics Services demand for proposals required the removal of cargo from the station, however not come back to Earth.
Claude Denni was born and raised in San Jose. Claude has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Daily Democrat here in Californiar and NPR. As a journalist for Coastal Morning Star, Claude covers national and international developments.