|Artist's conception of the NASA Lunar Gateway (right) with |
an Orion transport capsule approaching from the left.
NASA is working on the Lunar Gateway, which, according to the AMSAT News Service, will be "a small spaceship in orbit around the Moon that will provide … living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and research, ports for visiting spacecraft, and more." It is also expected to have a ham station.
AMSAT organizations in the US and Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany, along with the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) organization, have formed the Amateur Radio Exploration team, or AREx, which is working with NASA and the Canadian Space Agency to design a ham radio system for the Gateway craft. The first sections of the lunar space station are scheduled for launch in 2022.