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Opening presser of the commercial lunar flight company.

Formed by an international group of heavy hitters, former Apollo & Shuttle managers, and major finanicial backers. They aim to establish an infrastructure including fuel depots in lunar and Earth orbit, reusable landers etc. that would facilitate routine missions to the lunar surface and, eventually, a lunar base.

National Press Club
Washington DC
December 6, 2012 2:00 PM
News conference
Location: Bloomberg Room

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THIS EVENT,
PLEASE CONTACT:

Bobby Block
202-294-6631
block@goldenspike.com

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MEDIA ADVISORY

GOLDEN SPIKE COMPANY ANNOUNCEMENT ON COMMERCIAL HUMAN LUNAR EXPLORATION

Thursday, December 6, 2012

WHO: Golden Spike Company

WHAT: The Golden Spike Company (GSC), a U.S.-based commercial space company led by former NASA Executives, invites you to attend a game-changing announcement about the future of commercial human space travel to the Moon. President and CEO Dr. Alan Stern and Chairman of the Board Gerry Griffin will unveil GSC

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[b]Lunar Lander System Team:[/b]

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NASA was given a briefing 2 weeks ago.

GSC is now talking to ~20 nations who are interested (Asia & Europe included).

Launchers: SpaceX Falcon 9 v1.1, Falcon Heavy and ULA Atlas V-552.

Command Service Module: SpaceX's Dragon (baseline), Boeing CST-100.

TLI (trans-lunar insertion) of the CSM is by a ULA Centaur upper stage.

CSM will have another propulsion stage for TEI (trans-Earth insertion - return trip).

A huge range of lander options.

Lander would be launched into lunar orbit first, then the CSM and other stages would assemble in Earth orbit and start on their way. CSM will rendezvous with the lander, crew takes lander to the surface, then returns after the mission.

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Northrop Grumman built the Apollo LEM.

NASA's own preliminary lunar sortie plans include a lander that could be launched using either the Space Launch System (SLS) or the SpaceX Falcon Heavy.

[Quote][b]THE GOLDEN SPIKE COMPANY ANNOUNCES NORTHROP GRUMMAN UNDER STUDY CONTRACT FOR LUNAR LANDER DESIGN[/b]

BOULDER, CO. (January 3, 2013)

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Interesting that the Northrop Grumman lander concept uses the 5.2m fairing used for Falcon 9 v1.1 / Falcon Heavy. Combine this with a Dragon 2 and a Trunk derived EDS / SM and you have a commercial Apollo mission.

[Img]http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-smavP97oLiw/UYw2x86sgxI/AAAAAAAAkmU/Ier1bVsMWaw/s1600/goldenlunarlander.jpg[/img]
[i]This figure shows a preliminary sketch of the minimalist ascent pod with surface habitat concept packaged in a five-meter diameter payload fairing. The pressurized compartments and propellant tanks easily fit in the available space. Ascent thrusters are mounted on outriggers that are folded up to fit in the payload fairing and the landing gear is folded inward. Also shown are initial side and top views of the ascent pod "Pumpkin" and the surface habitat with crew members in pressure suits. (Northrop Grumman image)[/i]

http://www.northropgrumman.com/MediaResources/Pages/NewsArticle.aspx?art=http://www.irconnect.com/noc/press/xml/nitf.html?d=10031950

http://nextbigfuture.com/2013/05/northrop-grumman-completes-lunar-lander.html?m=1

[quote][b]Northrop Grumman Completes Lunar Lander Study for Golden Spike[/b]

Northrop Grumman Corporation (NYSE:NOC) has completed a feasibility study for a new commercial lunar lander for the Golden Spike Company (GSC). The study confirmed the viability of lander concepts for Golden Spike's human lunar expedition architecture and conceived a novel new, low-mass ascent stage concept dubbed "Pumpkin."

About Golden Spike

The Golden Spike Company (GSC) is a US-based commercial space company incorporated in 2010 with the objective of providing human expeditions to the Moon. It is named after the ceremonial final spike that joined the rails of the First Transcontinental Railroad across the United States, on May 10, 1869, and opened up the frontier to new opportunities. Golden Spike wants to sell trips to the moon to countries with less developed space capabilities but who want to take their space program to the next level.
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