This is Lockheed Martin’s idea for a reusable lander that carries people and cargo to the Moon | The Verge
Amidst all of NASA’s recent talk about sending humans back to the Moon, aerospace contractor Lockheed Martin says it has come up with a design for a lander that can transport people to and from the lunar surface. The vehicle is just a concept for now, but Lockheed hopes that it could prove valuable for NASA as it pushes forward with its plans for human lunar exploration.
Lockheed’s spacecraft is specifically designed to transport people to and from a space station — hailed as the Gateway — that NASA hopes to build in orbit around the Moon. Since early last year, NASA has discussed plans to create a small habitat for astronauts that could live in the lunar vicinity. This Gateway could serve as waypoint for astronauts to live and do research, according to the space agency. And then from there, explorers could travel to the Moon’s surface or onward to other deep-space destinations such as asteroids or to Mars. The Verge