Northrop to build houses in lunar orbit under $ 935 million contract with NASA
July 9 (Reuters) – Northrop Grumman Corp (NOC.N) has won a $ 935 million NASA contract to develop housing for the planned US space agency outpost in lunar orbit , the arms manufacturer announced on Friday.
Astronauts will live and research the Housing and Logistics Outpost (HALO) built by Northrop for the Lunar Gateway – a critical part of NASA’s Artemis lunar program.
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NASA and its business and international partners are building Gateway to support scientific research and enable surface landings on the moon, the agency said in a statement.
Northrop Grumman will be responsible for securing and testing the neighborhoods integrated with a solar propulsion module under development.
Eight countries have signed an international pact for the exploration of the moon under NASA’s Artemis program as the US space agency tries to set standards for building long-term colonies on the lunar surface.
NASA is targeting a November 2024 launch for the spacecraft integrated on a SpaceX rocket.
Reporting by Shreyasee Raj in Bengaluru; Editing by Devika Syamnath
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