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Lockheed Martin tapped to build Mars lander for Mars One’s first Red Planet mission

Jonathan Marker | Science Recorder | December 11, 2013

Lockheed Martin tapped to build Mars lander for Mars One’s first Red Planet mission

The Lockheed Martin lander will be based on the 2007 NASA Phoenix mission spacecraft.

According to a December 10 news release from Mars One, a non-profit foundation that hopes to establish a permanent human settlement on the Red Planet, the organization has secured primary suppliers for its primary mission.  Set for a 2018 launch, the mission will include a robotic lander and communications satellite.

Mars One has awarded Lockheed Martin and Surrey Satellite Technology, Limited (SSTL) a contract to develop mission concept studies for the Mars lander and communications satellite, respectively.  The first mission to Mars will be a demonstration to provide a proof of concept for a fraction of the technologies that are vital for a permanent human settlement on Mars.

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