Congress has now, not only put a price tag but also a time limit, on one of the vital stages of a trip to the Mars, ordering NASA to spent least $55 million for the progress of a prototype “habitation augmentation module” by 2018. According to the report, NASA will built a prototype deep space habitation module within the advanced exploration systems program no later than 2018. It also necessitates NASA to deliver Congress a report in less than 180 days of the bill on the position of program and how it will spend the delivered funds.
A deep space habitat might fall perfectly in line with those plans — specially as they might share to using the moon as a providing ground for tasks to Mars and beyond. Over the last some months, NASA has gradually highlighted development of a habitation module that might be tested in cislunar space in the 2020s. That module will ultimately be used for human missions to Red Planet that NASA expects to carry out sometime in the 2030s.
Previously, NASA contracted with a number of aerospace companies, counting Bigelow Aerospace, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin, to search designs for potential space habitats as part of its Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships program. Those contractual firms will likely notify the agency’s plans for a prototype, even though Scimemi seemingly indicated at the STA luncheon that NASA might construct the real habitat itself.