When will it happen?
Below is the overall schedule we are working to. Please keep in mind
that a key cost-saving factor of The Artemis Project is to work no faster
than the current need and available resources. This is a working schedule,
not a worshipped schedule.
| Feasibility Study and Exploratory Design || 2 years|
Technical -- spacecraft, operations, long-range mission
plans, availability of off-the-shelf designs and key personnel
Financial -- cost and revenue models, business plans, availability
of capital, cash flow, initial industries, program participants
Political -- laws, treaties, potential roadblocks, alternatives
| Preliminary Design ||2 years |
| Final Design, Development, and Test || 4 years |
| First Flight || 6 years after start of Preliminary Design |
| Explorer-Class Flights || 3 to 9 years after First Flight |
| First-Class Flights || start 10 years after First Flight |
| Economy-Class Flights || start 15 years after First Flight |
They key to starting on this schedule is putting together the business
infrastructure that gets us to the start of the Preliminary Design phase.
We are working on that right now. If everything goes well, we should be
able to start commercial passenger flights to the moon by the second
decade of the 21st century.
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