Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge
It has a name.
Four decades ago, the engineers who built the Apollo program’s moon lander were focused on one thing: John F. Kennedy’s goal of landing humans on the moon and returning them safely to the earth.
“Exploration, and lunar bases, and expansion of the program were thought to be down the road,” Bob Haslett, an engineer who worked on Apollo’s Lunar Module, recalled this week. “Our question was, ‘Can we do it at all?'”
Now NASA’s goals for future moon missions are more complex, and chances are the machine created to achieve that goal will be more complex as well. Some of the initial steps toward building that machine could well be taken next week in New Mexico at the Lunar Lander Challenge – which is being sponsored by the same company that built the first piloted lunar lander, Northrop Grumman.
More to the story at Cosmic Log — but disappointingly, no news of Lunar Lander Challenge teams competing for the prize this year.