With ever-increasing emphasis on lunar exploration and scientific investigation, the desire to deliver a wide variety of payloads to the Moon is growing.
The palette of the space would board a commercial launch vehicle, like a dragon atop a rocket Falcon 9.
NASA gave us a peek at what a doable future moon lander may seem like. NASA says its experts have been studying the different types of technology that it will need to get vital data about the lunar surface.
Nasa has revealed a concept of what a future moon lander might look like, as it aims to return astronauts to the moon by 2024.
The design of the lander was based on a minimum set of level 1 requirements where traditional risk, mass, and performance trade parameters were weighed lower than cost. The vehicle would get the pallet and its payload mobile in a trans-lunar injection path and a few days later, the range of space would carry out landing maneuvers necessary: the attitude control, landing site selection, braking and a soft touch with the mobile solar power panels face under the sun.
'This lander was designed with simplicity in mind to deliver a 300 kilogram (661 lbs) rover to a lunar pole, ' said Logan Kennedy, the project's lead systems engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
'We used single string systems, minimal mechanisms and existing technology to reduce complexity, though advancements in precision landing were planned to avoid hazards and to benefit rover operations'.
'We have the rover alive by transit and touchdown so it will accelerate create its job.
The mid-sized lander concept was introduced as part of a newly published study from NASA, which reports that multiple field centers all contributed to the effort.
Trump's policy calls to "lead an innovative and sustainable program of exploration with commercial and worldwide partners to enable human expansion across the solar system" - placing efforts on organizing the work of the government, private industry, and other countries to return humans to the moon.
"As robotic lunar landers grow to accommodate larger payloads, simple but high-performing landers with a contiguous payload volume will be needed", Kennedy said. The space agency hopes the lander reference design will give them some food for thought as they develop their own equipment.