One of three companies chosen by NASA creating a human landing system (HLS) for NASA has completed a key step by creating a full-scale test item from its lander for your team and NASA to evaluate and review. The Dynetics HLS is about the size of the Apollo land moon, but it is designed very differently, as you can see in the image above.
Dynamics provided a brief overview of the test article and its purpose in a video introduction on Tuesday. As you can see below, this is basically a custom 3D model that includes modular and reorganizable components. These don’t include real work electronics or anything: they look more like Lego blocks than NASA and Dynetics engineers working on the product can use together to ensure the HLS design works well ergonomically and functionally for astronauts which they will end up using to make the journey to the lunar surface.
The components of this test article include the crew module where the astronauts will live and work during their stay on the Moon, as well as the tanks that will retain the propellant for the phases of ascent and descent of their flight, a platform of autonomous charge and high solar arrays that will help power the spacecraft. Dynetics and its subcontractor LSINC created the vehicle drill in just three months after NASA awarded him the contract.
The goal of Dynetics, as well as Blue Origin and SpaceX, is to compete with each other for the initial contract to bring humans to the moon̵7;s surface for NASA’s initial human landing as part of its Artemis program, currently planned for to 2024. Earlier this week, Blue Origin announced that it had approved a critical review of the initial design requirements and Dynetics says it has achieved the same. Blue Origin also delivered a large-scale test article to NASA in August.