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Where Do We Go Next? Building the Deep Space Gateway


Where Do We Go Next? Building the Deep Space Gateway

NASA is working on developing a space station in a cis-lunar orbit that will serve as the jumping off point to exploring the Solar System; it’s known as the Deep Space Gateway.

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I don’t have to tell you that the vision of human space exploration in the Solar System has kind of stalled. Half a century ago, humans set foot on the Moon, and we haven’t been back since. Instead, we’ve thoroughly explored every cubic meter of low Earth orbit, going around and around the Earth. In fact, back in 2016, the International Space Station celebrated 100,000 orbits around the Earth.

The space shuttle was the last US vehicle capable of taking humans up into orbit, and it was retired back in 2011. So things look pretty bleak for sending humans out to explore the Solar System.

Earlier this year, however, NASA announced their next great step in their human space exploration efforts: the Deep Space Gateway. And if all goes well, we’ll see humans living and working farther from Earth, and for longer periods than ever before.

After the space shuttle program was wrapped up, NASA had a bunch of challenges facing it. Perhaps the greatest of these, was what to do with the enormous workforce that built and maintained the space shuttle fleet. Thousands were laid off, and moved to other aerospace jobs and other industries, but the space agency worked to develop the next big launch system after the shuttle.

Originally there were the Ares rockets, as part of the Constellation Program, but these were canceled and replaced with the Space Launch System. We’ve done a whole episode on the SLS, but the short version is that this new rocket will be capable of lifting more cargo into orbit than any rocket ever.

The first version, known as the Block 1 will be capable of lofting 70,000 kg into low-Earth orbit, while the upcoming Block 2 will be able to carry 130,000 kg into LEO - more than the mighty Saturn V rocket.

What are you going to do with a rocket this powerful? Launch new space telescopes, robotic missions to the outer Solar System, and put humans into space, of course.

In addition to the SLS, NASA is also working on a new capsule, known as the Orion Crew Module. This Apollo-esque capsule will be capable of carrying a crew of 4 astronauts out beyond low-Earth orbit, and returning them safely back to Earth.

But if you can send astronauts out beyond low-Earth orbit, where will they go?

The Deep Space Gateway.

NASA's Next Space Station LOP-G | was the Deep Space Gateway

NASA's next space station to replace the ISS, the DSG or Deep Space Gateway has been renamed the Lunar Orbital Platform - Gateway or LOP-G.

Originally planned as the as the Asteroid Redirect Mission or ARM to land on an asteroid and retrieve a boulder. The Power & Propulsion Element which was the core of ARM will now be used
to power the new LOP-G.
This will be a joint venture between NASA, ESA, Roscosmos, JAXA and CSA. Its due to be launched on the SLS Block B rocket around 2024.

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EXCLUSIVE Look Inside NASA Deep Space Gateway: Lockheed Martin Visit Part 1

This is a very special ON-SITE episode of Beyond Science. I visit Lockheed Martin Space Systems where a deep space gateway is being built. Right now, most spaceships head to the ISS (International Space Station) which is around six hours away. But if we were trying to get to Mars, we would need a cosmic rest stop. This rest stop is what Lockheed Martin is currently building for NASA. Check it out!

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The Gateway Spaceport

To create a revolution in space access we need to build infrastructure in Low Earth Orbit. Building this spaceport will also start a new industry: Space construction. Infrastructure is for everyone: rich, middle-class and poor. It will have have several revenue streams: Governments will rent rooms for low gravity science as will corporations and private ventures. But its most important function will be to bring middle-class people into space, If only rich people go then space station's will be small. By including middle-class people we create an airport in LEO that will bring down prices faster than anything else.

Gateway Spaceport Construction

This is the Gateway Spaceport, and this video shows how it can be built in space very fast using an assembly line, robots, and small space construction pods in Low Earth Orbit. If we can build it fast AND there is a way to pay for it without any government funding, then this can be done. visit our website at:

Lunar Orbital Platform Gateway

Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway

What is it???

The Lunar Orbital Platform-Gateway (LOP-G) is a NASA led crew-tended cislunar space station that will be built in 2020s, the International Space Station partners: ESA, JAXA and CSA are also looking to join the project.

The LOP-G is new name for now defunct Deep Space getaway, however the LOP-G isn’t replacement for ISS, which is planned to retire in 2028/9. However replacement for ISS is yet to be announced, and funding put in place, the likelihood of ISS serving in to mid-2030s is something under consideration and ESA is keen on keeping ISS running way in to 2030s.

In essence, NASA wants to build a space station that will act as gateway to Mars and the Moon. It’ll be constantly crewed by at least 4 astronauts. Ideally the station will be built by 2027, with 4 main modules.

• The Power and Propulsion Element (PPE) will be used to generate electricity for the space station and ion propulsion. It is targeting launch date is 2022 with SLS.
• The Cislunar Habitation Module can be used for a maximum 21 days habitation, It will be sent during Exploration Mission 3 and will have a docking port for the Orion.

• The Gateway Logistics Module will be used for experiments and logistics on board the space station. The equipment includes a robotic arm, which will be built by the Canadian Space Agency. It will be sent during Exploration Mission 4.

• The Gateway Airlock Module will be used for performing extravehicular activities outside the space station and will be the berth for the Deep Space Transport. It will be sent on the Exploration Mission 5.

LOP-G Station will grow as more modules are added, just like with the ISS, as international partners join in, in particular the ESA, JAXA and CSA the station will expand. Once Deep Space Transport, an interplanetary space transport spacecraft starts to dock with the station every time there’s manned interplanetary mission additional modules might be added.

LOP-G launch schedule, would see first module launched in 2022, the propulsion and power element should be launched on-board of SLS Block 1 Rocket. The power and propulsion element will provide high-rate and reliable communications for the gateway including space-to-Earth and space-to-lunar uplinks and downlinks, spacecraft-to-spacecraft crosslinks, and support for spacewalk communications. Finally, it also can accommodate an optical communications demonstration – using lasers to transfer large data packages at faster rates than traditional radio frequency systems.

In 2023 or early 2024, Habitat and Logistics’ modules will be launched and air-lock will be delivered by manned Orion mission in 2026, this is when the station will also get permanent crew.. With this capability, crew aboard the gateway could live and work in deep space for up to 30 to 60 days at a time. Adding an airlock to the gateway will enable crew to conduct spacewalks, enable science activities and accommodate docking of future elements. NASA is also planning to launch at least one logistics module to the gateway, which will enable cargo resupply deliveries, additional scientific research and technology demonstrations and commercial use.

Cargo and logistics’ module will be added in 2028 and this will enable refuelling for Deep Space Transport to dock with LOP-G.
During the exploratory mission 9, or EM-9 Deep Space Transport will perform one year manned cis-lunar space exploratory mission, the run-down cruise will test all the systems and procedures for future manned mission to Mars scheduled for 2033. Just to add, the crew will also participate in a variety of deep space exploration and commercial activities in the vicinity of the Moon, including possible missions to the lunar surface.

Officially NASA hasn’t mentioned Lunar base or an outpost as the funding for such project isn’t in the budget proposals, however the close links with ESA could see NASA joining ESA on Moon Village which is scheduled for 2027/8 timeframe. In my next video I’ll be looking at Deep Space Transport and what it means for manned missions beyond Earth.

SpaceX Starship and The Von Braun Rotating Space Station

The Von Braun rotating space station will be the first commercial space construction project in history. It will be serviced by the SpaceX Starship and be designed to accommodate national space agency laboratories, billionaires who want to own property in space, and space tourists.
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This Company Wants to Build The First Hotel In Space By 2021

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SpaceX’s ultimate mission is to enable humanity to become a multi-planetary species.
Blue Origin’s vision is for millions of people living and working in space.
And similarly, Orion Span's Mission is to Build and Sustain Human Communities in Space Accessible to All.
Orion plans to use technological innovation to cut the cost of living in space by an order of magnitude and will not rest until our destiny in the stars has been realized.
Orion initial push to realize this mission start with The Aurora Station, the first Luxury Hotel in Space.
The station will measure 13.3 meters long with a diameter of 4.3 meters with a pressurized cabin volume of 160 cubic meters.
It will house 4 guests and 2 crew members which will likely be former astronauts; as the station streaks 320 km above the earth.
The guests will have to go through a condensed 3-month mandatory program that mirrors the traditional 24-month training program to prepare visitors to the ISS.
The early certification training will be done online to gain an understanding of basic spaceflight, orbital mechanics and pressurized environments in space.
Then mid-certification is completed in person at Orion’s training facility in Houston, TX, to gain an understanding of spacecraft systems, contingency training, and weightlessness practice.
Finally, full certification of the training program will be concluded at your stay at the Aurora Station.
The guests will stay at the station for 12 days at a price of $9.5 million, cheaper than what 8 space tourists used to pay to go to the ISS at an estimated price of $20-40 million dollars between 2001 and 2009.
Guests will have the option to participate in growing food in space, take part in real space research, and immerse themselves with the in-space holo-deck, a one of a kind virtual reality experience inspired by Star Trek.
In addition to space tourists, Orion plans to offer the station to space agencies who want to conduct research in LEO.
There are around 70 government space agencies around the world and only 8 agencies have visited the ISS encompassing 18 nationalities.
There is a potential market for developing countries who would like to send astronauts into space.
The professional space agency astronauts will have to undergo the same certification process as the hotel guests.
The station has a proprietary modular architecture allowing the station to grow bigger over time by adding additional modules.
The Aurora Station will eventually offer a mixed use of space, it will serve as a hotel, it will lease office space to business, research labs to science institutions along with permanent residents who purchase condos connected to the station.
Orion’s key engineers were involved in the design and operation of the ISS and their talents will be put to use in the construction of the Aurora Station scheduled to begin next year.
If all goes according to plan, the station will launch into orbit in late 2021 and will start accommodating guests in 2022.
The Aurora Station leads us back to great visions of the future of space travel.
There is a desire to venture out into space. Asgardia, the Space Nation has over 180,000 citizens who want to someday live peacefully in space.
But People need reasons or simply opportunities to go to space.
And according to Orion Span’s CEO Frank Bunger, the space hotel is the first step in the overarching goal to make the presence of private citizens in space a regular occurrence and eventually living in space.
It’s hard to imagine a market to sustain $9.5 million trips into space.



Boeing: Path to Mars (Deep Space Gateway)

— Boeing today (April 3, 2017) unveiled concepts for the deep space gateway and transport systems that could help achieve NASA's goal of having robust human space exploration from the Moon to Mars.

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NASA Chief Talks Lunar Gateway, Reusability in 2020 Budget Proposal

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Gateway Business Plan Video

To build the Gateway Spaceport we must first create a rigid framework, a structure. Before we can build any structures in space, there must first be a financial structure to grow from.
This video will talk about how we plan to pay for the spaceport and support many other space industries at the same time. By using a lottery operating over the internet we can generate the needed funds every year to build the spaceport and later pay for trip prizes for middle-class people to visit the facility.

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The Gateway

NASA is going to the Moon and on to Mars, in a measured, sustainable way. Working with U.S. companies and international partners, NASA will push the boundaries of human exploration forward to the Moon. NASA is working to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon within the next decade to uncover new scientific discoveries and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy. A key component of establishing the first permanent American presence and infrastructure on and around the Moon is the Gateway, a lunar orbiting platform to host astronauts farther from Earth than ever before. On the Gateway, America and its partners will prepare to transit deep space, testing new technologies and systems as we build the infrastructure to support missions to the surface of the Moon and prepare for the epochal mission to Mars. NASA also will study the effects of the deep space environment of the Gateway, learning how living organisms react to the radiation and microgravity of a deep space environment over long periods.

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A New Partnership to Power The Lunar Gateway on This Week @NASA – May 24, 2019

A key milestone for our lunar Gateway, “rolling out” for a critical Orion safety test, and a chance to send your name to Mars … a few of the stories to tell you about – This Week at NASA!

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We Are Going

We are going to the Moon, to stay, by 2024. And this is how.

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NASA's Deep Space Gateway, the Spaceport to Mars!

I’m going to give a basic overview of NASA’s Deep Space Gateway and how it fits in NASA’s overall plan to go to Mars.
If you don’t know, President Trump reinstated the National Space Council who had their first meeting on October 5th of this year.
Vice President Mike Pence, the Chair of the National Space Council announced that the United States will turn their attention to the Moon as their first target for manned space missions.
And the Deep Space Gateway, DSG for short, is the main mission behind this new direction for NASA.
I think the DSG is a fantastic idea and I can’t wait until we get started on the first phase of the mission.
What is the DSG and what makes it great?
Let’s find out!
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Alright so the DSG will allow humanity to have a permanent presence BEYOND LEO.
For the past 44 years, astronauts have not gone beyond 250 miles above the Earth’s surface on the International Space Station, within the safety of Earth’s Magnetosphere.
The Earth’s Magnetosphere extends 40,000 Miles facing the sun and almost 4 Million miles away from the sun, and provides protection against HAZARDOUS solar radiation that is deadly if not properly protected.
But that will all change with the DSG which will be around 240,000 miles from Earth.
And having a permanent presence on the border of deep space is a big deal because we’ve been stuck in LEO for over 40 years!
The DSG will provide a proving ground to develop and test technologies that will allow astronauts to travel and survive in deep space.
The DSG will have 3 main purposes:
The 1st purpose is that it will serve as a Space Port for the Deep Space Transport. The Deep Space Transport is the vehicle that will take astronauts to Mars, it will be reusable, and dock on or near the DSG between missions to Mars and beyond, where it will be resupplied and have maintenance done; all in space, at the DSG, I think that is so awesome!
The Deep Space Transport uses a combination of chemical and Ion Propulsion technology currently in development.


Humans Explore Farther┃ Go Forward

NASA is going to the Moon and on to Mars, in a measured, sustainable way. Working with U.S. companies and international partners, NASA will push the boundaries of human exploration forward to the Moon. NASA is working to establish a permanent human presence on the Moon within the next decade to uncover new scientific discoveries and lay the foundation for private companies to build a lunar economy.

A key component of establishing the first permanent American presence and infrastructure on and around the Moon is the Gateway, a lunar orbiting platform to host astronauts farther from Earth than ever before.

On the Gateway, America and its partners will prepare to transit deep space, testing new technologies and systems as we build the infrastructure to support missions to the surface of the Moon and prepare for the epochal mission to Mars. NASA also will study the effects of the deep space environment of the Gateway, learning how living organisms react to the radiation and microgravity of a deep space environment over long periods.

Right now, NASA is taking steps to begin this next era of exploration. #Moon2Mars

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Lockheed Martin Lunar Gateway Animation #IAC2018

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Full animation of Lockheed Martin's concept to support NASA's Gateway at the Moon.



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