NASA director of AES visits W.Va. Robotic Technology Center

MORGANTOWN — NASA is planning for another moon landing.
West Virginia’s Robotic Technology Center hosted the director of the Advanced Exploration Systems (AES), Jason Crusan Wednesday.
Crusan is also NASA’s senior executive, advisor and an advocate on technology.
Crusan’s presentation revealed the advancements in technology currently being worked on at NASA, in addition to the partnerships being created and how they are developing technology that will aid a future moon landing.
“We’re working towards a human landing towards the moon. We don’t have a specific date on it because what we want to do is advance commercial capabilities at the same time of doing that, so that it’s not just a stunt,” Crusan said. “We want to build an inherit ability to go to the moon, utilize the resources on the moon for all kinds of exploration and commercial use — so the pace of actually a human landing is going to be driven by both NASA’s desires and requirements but also how fast can the industry do it as well.”
Crusan added that the projected time is not set, but is hopeful that it can be accomplished in the next 10 years.
“It will likely be by the end of the decade, but it depends on how that development goes and how the market emerges as well,” Crusan said.

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