Russia's Lunar Mission. Anatoly Zak @RussianSpaceWeb David Livingston

May 20, 03:09 AM


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Russia's Lunar Mission.  Anatoly Zak @RussianSpaceWeb David Livingston

In April 2018, NASA, ESA and JAXA tentatively agreed that Japan would continue its work aimed at contributing the life-support system for the lunar outpost's main habitation module, which by that time was dubbed I-Hab, which probably a short for the international habitation module. NASA promised to contribute a power-supply system and a number of secondary items for the module, while the Canadian Space Agency, CSA, also looked at its potential contributions, most likely related to robotics.

In May 2018, the partners planned to begin two parallel efforts, known as Phase A and B1, further advancing the design of the habitation module, starting a development process aiming its launch for the middle of 2024. However, by that time, such a deadline seemed increasingly difficult to reach due to continuous delays on the political side of the LOP-G program.

A number of related small projects was also initiated to benefit the module's design, for example, the study of a new single-loop cooling system, as well as the work on the new-generation light-weight cold plates for mounting electronics and other light-weight structures.

The next major milestone in the module development, known as System Requirements Review, SRR, could be held in May or June 2019. As with other components of the outpost, the partners planned that these next phases of the habitation module design would be conducted under contracts awarded to the industry on a competitive basis.