What is the Artemis Program?
Artemis is NASA’s deep space human exploration program which aims to land the first woman and the first person of color on the moon and establish sustainable exploration in preparation for missions to Mars. Artemis I, an uncrewed flight test of NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket and Orion spacecraft as an integrated system, is the first phase for humanity's return to the lunar surface, setting off a series of increasingly more complex crewed missions to the moon with Artemis II and Artemis III.
Why are we going to the moon?
The moon is a natural stepping stone to Mars. We will demonstrate new technologies, capabilities and business approaches needed for exploration farther into the solar system, including Mars. On the lunar surface, we will pursue water from ice and other natural resources to further our journey.
How are we getting to the moon?
The Artemis missions will be launched on NASA’s Orion spacecraft capsule atop the SLS rocket, with system assembly, integration and test by Jacobs through our TOSC contract with the Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program.
Making Artemis a reality
Exploration Ground Systems
As the Artemis prime contractor at Kennedy Space Center (KSC) for NASA's Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) Program, Jacobs is responsible for receiving all SLS and Orion flight hardware, assembling and integrating all the components, conducting final test and checkout, transporting the vehicle to the pad, helping to launch it on the mission, and then recovery.
Jacobs is also supporting the SLS and Orion spacecraft development through our contracts at Marshall Space Flight Center, Johnson Space Center, Langley Research Center and the Glenn Research Center, as well as project support at Stennis Space Center and Michoud Assembly Facility.
The Jacobs team has helped NASA to modernize and upgrade facilities and ground equipment at KSC to prepare for the launch of the SLS and Orion crew vehicle in support of the Artemis Program. This includes supporting the upgrades to the Vehicle Assembly Building, refurbishing the Crawler Transporter 2 and modifications at Launch Pad 39B.
Orion Crew Vehicle Safety Systems and Life Support
We're helping to ensure Orion is as safe as possible from launch to re-entry and through to splashdown. Our team fully developed and tested the Orion re-entry parachutes system that will slow down the capsule from more than 26,000 mph to less than 25 mph. We successfully performed numerous tests around technical condition scenarios and fully certified the system for approved use on NASA’s Orion crew vehicle.
For NASA’s launch abort system project, we worked across five NASA centers to help develop and successfully test the reliability of the abort system for Orion.
Space Launch System Development
Jacobs is providing technical leadership and support to NASA’s Space Launch System Program in the areas of vehicle systems engineering and integration; flight software development; avionics systems integration; lab construction and operation; vehicle structural load development; structural, propulsion and acoustic testing; and design, development and analysis.
At Marshall Space Flight Center, Jacobs support includes construction and operation of the SLS flight software/hardware integration and test facility, the Systems Integration Lab (SIL).
The Jacobs team also designs and oversees development and test of the Ground Support Equipment required to transport, test and operate the massive SLS flight hardware on the ground.
Jacobs is helping to design and test the Habitation and Logistics Module, or HALO, a critical component of NASA’s Gateway. The HALO module will feature a pressurized crew habitat with full communications, navigation, thermal control and life support systems. Our team will help test and develop critical life-support systems that will safely protect and sustain astronaut crews for extended periods of time aboard the Lunar Gateway.
Gateway will serve as an orbital lunar outpost able to aid crewed missions and perform uncrewed scientific missions.
VIPER Autonomous Lunar Rover
The Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover, or VIPER, is NASA’s Artemis robotic lunar rover designed to traverse the extreme environment of the South Pole of the moon in search of frozen water and other potential resources. Our robotic engineers at Johnson Space Center directly support the NASA team in VIPER systems engineering, integration and testing as well as design of structural elements, motor controllers and lights.
Artemis Spacesuit Technology Development and Validation
With average temperatures on the moon ranging from –298 degrees F in shadow to 224 degrees F in the sun, such a wide temperature range poses a problem for moon-walking astronauts. To address this issue, Jacobs is developing the Spacesuit Evaporation Rejection Flight Experiment (SERFE). SERFE is designed to evaluate and demonstrate newly developed active thermal control technology to protect suited astronauts from extreme temperatures.
Leveraging technology from the Artemis xEMU spacesuit development program, our team is collaborating with both NASA and commercial spacesuit providers to provide safe, durable, flexible and comfortable spacesuits for both intravehicular and extravehicular activity use on the moon.
*Above photos courtesy of NASA
Jacobs employees at multiple NASA centers, along with their NASA and industry counterparts, are committed to providing integrated solutions in support of the agency's mission and the nation's space program.
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