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The Success of Artemis Hinges on NASA’s Commitment to Competition (Op-Ed)

Document Type

Op-Ed

Publication Date

7-26-2021

Publication Title

SpaceNews

Keywords

Artemis, NASA, Human Landing System (HLS), SpaceX

Abstract

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.

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