Northrop Taps Airbus to Develop a NASA Staff Space System

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Northrop Taps Airbus to Develop a NASA Staff Space System

Northrop secured a $935 million contract from NASA in July 2021 to produce and integrate the HALO module with Maxar Technologies‘ Power and Propulsion Element for the spaceship that will orbit the moon.

Once complete, HALO is envisioned to serve as a logistics post where astronauts can stay for around 40 days before they head to the surface of the moon and Mars.

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  • Crisa, which operates under Airbus’ defense and space division, will produce the power management and distribution technology for integration into the Habitation and Logistics Outpost, the company said Tuesday.

  • Airbus said the PMAD hardware will have four power units designed to help the outpost’s life support system, interior lighting, communications systems and scientific experiments run and charge docked vehicles if the solar arrays of PPE do not receive enough sunlight.