Blue Origin has partnered with Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Draper to develop a Human Landing System for NASA's Artemis program, according to a release Tuesday. The goal is to land on the surface of the moon in 2024. Humans haven't been to the moon since Apollo 17 in 1972, the sixth such lunar landing mission in a series that began with Apollo 11 in 1969.
Each of the four companies will have different responsibilities to accomplish that goal. Blue Origin, the lead for the project, is handling the mission engineer and the lunar lander, among other tasks. Lockheed Martin will develop the reusable Ascent Element vehicle and will handle flight operations and training. Northrop Grumman is in charge of the Transfer Element, the vehicle that will take a crew down to the lunar surface. Draper will handle descent guidance and flight avionics.