The Success of Artemis Hinges on NASA’s Commitment to Competition (Op-Ed)
Artemis, NASA, Human Landing System (HLS), SpaceX
The United States is about to take its next giant leap into space – the return of U.S. astronauts to the moon by 2024, this time to stay. As the final step in landing astronauts on the moon, the Human Landing System (HLS) will play a significant role in the success of the Artemis program. However, the path forward is as precarious as it is aggressive, and NASA’s decision to rely on a sole company (SpaceX) to land our astronauts on the surface of the moon has made a challenging operation even riskier. Perhaps more importantly, funding a single HLS provider deprives NASA of the benefits of competition among contractors.
Sundahl, Mark J., "The Success of Artemis Hinges on NASA’s Commitment to Competition (Op-Ed)" (2021). Law Faculty Articles and Essays. 1198.