Effect on the Artemis Project
Most of the non-recurring costs expended for
the lunar sample return project will reduce
the cost of the first manned Artemis Project mission accordingly. We have
to develop the same capabilities and infrastructure to accomplish this
fight as we will when we send people and lunar base hardware to the moon.
So, in addition to producing some early revenues, this mission will also
reduce the cost of the reference mission. See also
another essay which expands on
It is difficult to evaluate the effect this mission will have on
revenues to be earned from the manned missions. It nibbles away at part of
the market, but at the same time promises a very significant marketing
value, adding public exposure and credibility to the whole program.
In general, the advantages appear to outweigh the disadvantages; but
further detailed analysis of the business impacts of the program will
be needed before we can draw a firm conclusion.
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