Rick Ambrose, executive vice president of Lockheed Martinâ€™s space business and a four-time Wash100 award recipient, told Yahoo Finance in a video posted Tuesday about the manned mission to the moon by 2024.
â€œWe have the capability,â€ Ambrose said of the planned lunar mission. â€œWe have to go fast, but weâ€™re going to have to reuse a lot of the systems that we have today.â€
He mentioned work on the Orion capsule as part of the Artemis mission, Lockheedâ€™s partnership with Blue Origin on the lunar lander, NASAâ€™s partnership with the European Space Agency on the service module and the involvement of Northrop Grumman and Draper in the initiative.
When asked about national security risks posed by Chinaâ€™s satellite launches, Ambrose said he believes the Asian country has a vibrant program and that he is not worried about it.
â€œI like to put it in different framing as not a space race, but for space to be viable, it has to be a vibrant marketplace, like any other industry. Thereâ€™s 75 space-faring nations today. And as we move forward, supply chains, competitors, for it to be vibrant, we have to have that level of competition,â€ he added.