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About Deep Space Logistics

NASA illustration of Gateway in lunar orbit with PPE and HALO and the SpaceX Dragon XL logistics module on approach to docking.
NASA illustration of Gateway in lunar orbit with PPE and HALO and the SpaceX Dragon XL logistics module on approach to docking.

NASA’s Artemis program will land astronauts on the Moon and reveal new knowledge about the Moon, Earth and our origins in the solar system. At the Moon, NASA and its partners will gain the experience necessary to mount a historic human mission to Mars.

Gateway is a critical part of NASA’s deep space exploration plans, along with the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket, Orion spacecraft and human landing system. As astronauts prepare for missions to the lunar surface, they will need deliveries of critical pressurized and unpressurized cargo, science experiments and supplies, such as sample collection materials and other items. In March 2020, NASA awarded SpaceX as the first U.S. commercial provider under the Gateway Logistics Services contract to deliver cargo and other supplies to the lunar outpost.

One logistics services delivery is anticipated for each crewed Artemis mission to Gateway. At the spaceship, NASA will gain and fine tune experiments to prepare for human missions to Mars in the coming years.

The Gateway will be an outpost orbiting the Moon that provides vital support for a sustainable, long-term human return to the lunar surface, as well as a staging point for deep space exploration. It is a critical component of NASA’s Artemis program.  The Gateway is a destination for astronaut expeditions and science investigations, as well as a port for deep space transportation such as landers en route to the lunar surface or spacecraft embarking to destinations beyond the Moon.

While the Gateway Program is led out of JSC, Deep Space Logistics (DSL) is the Gateway Project office at KSC responsible for leading the commercial supply chain in deep space by procuring services for transporting cargo, equipment and consumables to enable exploration of the Moon and Mars. Kennedy’s Deep Space Logistics office is the focal point for all Gateway activities conducted at the spaceport, including:

  • Commercial acquisition and contract management
  • End-to-end commercial service mission management, insight, and approval
  • Spaceport host for commercial, deep space logistics, payload processing and delivery services

For more information on Gateway Deep Space Logistics, please contact:

Jamie Groh
Public Affairs
NASA’s Kennedy Space Center
Phone: 321-427-1555

Gateway Concepts

View and download hi-definition illustrations of Gateway and the components that comprise it.

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An illustration of Gateway in lunar orbit next to the Moon.

Working with International Partners

DSL continues its collaboration with NASA’s international partners, including the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), on the delivery of the Gateway External Robotic System that includes a next-generation robotic arm, Canadarm3.