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NASA signs $1bn deal with Northrop Grumman to build studio apartment in lunar orbit with room for 3 vehicles

NOC to the moon…literally! Here's the first few paragraphs of a longer article…the first apartment in space, AND it will have a 3-car garage

NASA has inked a $935m contract with Northrop Grumman to build the Habitation and Logistics Outpost (HALO) module for the Lunar Gateway.

The contract will also require the aerospace outfit to integrate the module with the power and propulsion element being built by Maxar Technologies.

HALO will be both a crew habitat and, with three docking ports, a hub for visiting spacecraft. Derived from Northrop Grumman's Cygnus freighter, used to ferry cargo to the International Space Station (ISS), it won't be the most expansive of pressurised spaces (certainly when compared to the ISS) although will be expandable via additional modules (including the International Habitation Module – slated for launch in 2026).

Illustration showing close-up of HALO, one of the elements of Gateway. Credit: NASA

The module will also play host to NASA's Orion spacecraft, lunar landers, and logistics vehicles. NASA described the size as about that of a "small studio apartment" when it awarded Northrop Grumman with a $187m contract to design the module in 2020.

Link to the full story here >> https://www.theregister.com/2021/07/12/halo_nasa_deal/

I know defense contractors don't typically get a lot of love around here but this struck me as a good way for a company of this size (97,000 employees, something like $30bln rev) to take it to the next level, in more ways than one.

NOTE: I don't hold any positions in NOC, but this could be a way for me to expand my horizons a bit (see what I did there?)

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