Lockheed Martin proposes a mega-lunar lander: 62 tons and an elevator

Lockheed Martin

With the Trump administration setting lunar exploration as the principal human spaceflight goal in the near-term, NASA has begun devising a plan for how best to meet that goal. As part of this development process companies have begun pitching ideas to the space agency's human exploration program about how they could help (and why they should be funded).

Some companies have talked with NASA privately about their proposed spaceflight hardware, while others have been more publicly forthcoming. Aerospace giant Lockheed Martin One is of the latter—the company is already building the Orion spacecraft for NASA to carry its astronauts into deep space, and says it can extend the utility of this blueprint down to the surface of the Moon.

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