NASA has chosen three major companies to create a Human Landing System (HLS), and one of them has completed a key step that brings them closer to accomplishing their mission.
The human landing system built by Dynetics is currently a full-scale test prototype and is being prepared for evaluations and revisions by the NASA team. Dynetics HLS has dimensions similar to the system created for the Apollo mission, but has a rather different design.
Dynetics gave a great brief overview of the test article and its purpose in a video intro.
Thus, it can be seen that HLS is essentially a full-scale 3D model. The model includes modular components that can be reorganized, techcrunch.com reports.
The system does not yet include real electronic elements. At this stage, HLS is more like a LEGO construction, with which NASA and Dynetics engineers can ensure that the HLS design is ergonomically and functionally suitable for astronauts who are They will eventually use it to make the trip on the monthly surface.
The components of this test article include the crew module in which the astronauts will live and work during their stay on the moon, as well as the tanks that will support the propeller for the ascent and landing during its flight, an autonomous loading platform and solar matrix that will contribute to the power of the spacecraft.
Dynetics and its subcontractor LSINC created the simulation vehicle in just three months after receiving the NASA contract.
Dynetics is competing with Blue Origin and SpaceX to bring humans to the surface of the moon as part of NASA's human landing mission as part of the Artemis program, currently scheduled for 2024.