Private firm plans 'affordable' lunar missionSubmitted by emalvini on Mon, 12/10/2012 - 13:53
Private firm plans 'affordable' lunar mission
December 10, 2012 - 10:01AM
A Colorado start-up run by former NASA managers plans to conduct missions to the moon for about $US1.5 billion ($1.4 billion) per expedition, a fraction of what a similar government-run operation would cost.
"Our vision is to create a reliable and affordable US-based commercial human lunar transportation system," said former Apollo flight director Gerry Griffin on Thursday, who serves as chairman of the firm, named Golden Spike.
The expeditions would use existing rockets and spacecraft now under development to fly NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.