NASA has said it is ahead of schedule towards the completion of Gateway, a space outpost that would support manned lunar explorations under the Artemis effort, Space News reported Tuesday.
Officials from the space agency talked about progress on Gateway's first two elements during the American Astronautical Society’s Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium that took place Sept. 11 in Huntsville, Ala. Maxar Technologies is working to develop Gateway's power and propulsion element that is scheduled for launch in 2022.
Dan Hartman, Gateway program manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, said the agency and Maxar are working to integrate NASA hardware into the PPE. The second element, known as the Habitation and Logistics Outpost or HALO, would help astronauts land on the Moon by 2024.
NASA plans to award a contract to Northrop Grumman for HALO's completion. He company has already begun the module’s construction, according to Hartman.