Return to the Moon | A Moog Story

With Artemis missions, NASA will land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon, using innovative technologies to explore more of the lunar surface than ever before. From steering the SLS rocket to life support systems on the Orion Crew Capsule, Moog is essential to the success of the Artemis program. Scroll down to learn more about Moog's involvement in Artemis.

Part 2: Moog and the Moon

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July 2022

  • Artemis 1 Launch Date Announced
  •  Since the announcement of SLS and Orion in 2011, Moog has had more than 500 employees across several states working on the various programs associated with Artemis 1. 

May 2019

  • NASA announces their new program to return Americans to the Moon will be named Artemis.

Part 1: What is Artemis?

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September 2011

  • NASA announces design for the Space Launch System, or SLS, rocket. It is the most powerful rocket ever built, capable of 8.8 million pounds of thrust.
 
  •  SLS is powered by five rocket rocket engines and two solid rocket boosters that incorporate Moog actuation systems, which steer the rocket at speeds up to nearly 23,000 miles per hour, or 6 miles per second! Moog actuators steer each stage of the vehicle.

May 2011

  • NASA Announces Orion Spacecraft.
  • The Orion spacecraft is built to take humans farther than they’ve ever gone before. Orion will serve as the exploration vehicle that will carry the crew to space, provide emergency abort capability, sustain the crew during the space travel, and provide safe re-entry from deep space return velocities. 
 
  • Moog provides hardware for the propulsion and environmental control and life support systems that are critical to our astronauts’ safe journey. 
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ARTEMIS AT MOOG

Throughout the years Moog has had some incredble employees work on programs related to space missions starting with Gemini, Apollo, and up to Orion and Artemis missions. Here is a list of our dedicated employees who have worked on these space missions and have help revolutionize the way to space!

Tom Abate, Charles Acker, Carey Adkins, Philencia Agoodie, Craig Alessandra, Igor Ananin, Tom Anderson, Thomas Anderson, Josef Avigani, Yvonne Avina, George Baggs, Wayne Baker, Mark Banaszak, Richard Banks, Joseph Barbarits, Carolyn Bartoszek, Richard Bartz, James Barus, Robert Bauer, Jim Baughman, Rose Baxter, Jason Becker, Susan Beiter, Greg Bell, Mark Bender, Martin Bennett, Clayton Bennett, Jamie Bensadoun, Josh Benson, Robert Berning, Douglas Bersch, Lawrence Betker, Bill Beyer, Sudarshan Bhat, Ryan Bierl, Stanley Biernat, Allan Bjerke, Allan Bjerke, Benjamin Blumberg, Michael Bodekor, Cassandra Bodin, John Bonanno, David Borkowski, David Borkowski, Michael Brennan, David Brown, David Brown, Martin Brown, Mark Brumfield, Norman Bryant, Duane Brzezowski, Glenn Brzyski, Andrew Bueker, Gary Burch, Edwin Byun, Stephanie Calabrese, Nicolas Canaple, Adam Canetti, Glenn Capron, Aaron Carluccio, Christopher Carnall, Matthew Carr, Brennan Carrizales, Michael Castellani, Emily Ceccarelli, Phillip Chaboya, Marc Chaves, Gerald Claar, Craig Clausen, Ronald Climenhaga, Kristie Cohen, Maria Collins, Keith Conrad, Corine Consiglio, Corine Consiglio, Carolina Coopple, Paul Corbelli, Thomas Covelli, David Crate, Jonathan Culkowski, Paul Czajka, James Czora, April Daniels, Mark Daniels, Danny Dayer, Elisabeth Deazley, Mark Dechert, Chris Decker, Richard Deleo, Brandon Denton, Mario Dipasquale, Martin Dix, Ferdinand Dizon, James Doktor, Darren Dombrowski, David Donhauser, Dawn Donofrio, Edward Draves, Kip Dreyfus, David Dudley, Shaun Duffy, Shaun Duffy, Charles Dunn, Thomas Eames, David Egloff, Jeff Eiben, Len Elder, Richard Emerling, Jennifer Enriquez, Bradley Ensminger, Jessica Evans, Heather Evans, Andrew Fechter, Kenneth Fenske, Kenneth Fenske, Norman Fingerlow, Luke Finley, Donald Fleiss, Betty Flinn, Patrick Flynn, Richard Folck, Kevin Foley, Scott Forster, Peter Frandina, Brian Frank, Christopher Fritz, Chris Fuller, Movses Gabrielyan, Jennifer Gaenzler, Victor Garcia, Michelle Gawronski, Nicholis Geile, Kimberly Geles, Douglas Gentzke, James Genzel, James Genzel, Mark George, Ali Ghavimi, Joseph Glinsky, Joseph Glinsky Jr, Cody Goodman, Cody Goodman, Rolando Gorecho, Chuck Gottstine, Charles Gottstine, Virginia Graff, Geoff Graham, Daniel Greenzweig, Paul Gregoire, Patrick Griffin, Jason Gundlach, James Hake, Laurie Hammond, David Harrison, Evangeline Harwell, Mazen Hassan, William Hauth, Brian Heckman, Greg Heidenreich, Thomas Heidinger, Sandra Herman, Harold Heximer, Christopher Hodge, Timothy Hoepfinger, Timothy Hoepfinger, Elna Hoglund, John Holzinger, Kristine Hopson, Paul Houston, Elizabeth Huebbers, Waljeet Hundal, Scott Hurt, Gerald Hyrek, Mitchell Illig, Walter Imhof, Tammy Irvin, Raquel Isaak, Joseph Janca, David Jarosz, Eric Jennings, Daniel Jenson, David Johannes, Michael Johnson, Ira Johnson, Michael Johnson, Lawrence Johnson,  Tj Jones, Michael Kadlubowski, Vang Kao Vang Kao Joseph Keller Joseph Keller Bunoeun Khim Darren Kihl Justin Klein Robert Kleinfelder Paige Knapp Thomas Koprowski Norman Kotz Tom Kowalewski Timothy Kowalow Robert Krowinski Wayne Kulesza Michelle Kwong Jeanny Lach Jeffrey Ladelfa Michal Lagos Thomas Lake Robert Lantagne Henry Lappin Raymond Lavanture John Layer John Lee Bartley Lettenberger Mike Lewandowski Michael Lewandowski Lawrence Lichota Donna Limburg Roger Lipke Juana Lopez Ioana Ludwick Nate Majchrzak Don Malachowski David Maloney Rajiv Mammen Yahann Mann John Marchetti Joshua Markham Anthony Marsala Christopher Marschke Denise Marten Matt Martin Matthew Martin Kara Mather Grove Mather Ronald Mayers Roger Mcclellan Dequarrius Mcclinton Gordon Mcgee Erin Mcnally Connor Mcnellis Michael Mcnutt Richard Meinhold Oscar Mejia Ponce Stephen Michalak David Miller Katelynn Miller Lawrence Miller James Miller Joseph Mills Mark Mimovich David Minderler Ken Minneman Tony Montano Terri Montano Stephen Moran Regan Mrak Daniel Muffoletto Steven Munich Thomas Myers Rogelio Naanos Diane Nagel Sreenivasa Nerayanuru Laurence Neutz Kenneth Newbury Lucy Nguyen Thiet Nguyen Dennis Nguyen Charles Nickles Donald Nixon Jerome Nowak Steve Occhipinti Steven Occhipinti Peggy Oczowinski Patty O'Donnell Christopher Oesch David Olivani Gary Olson Gary Olson Gary Olson Sergio Ortiz Jimmy Ouch Lance Over Lance Over Craig Owczarzak Robert Owens Robert Owens Kevin Palmer Dorene Papaiz Kelsey Parks Lindsay Parr Richard Pascucci Praful Patel Michael Patton Donald Peacock Brandon Pemble Jeanne Penfold Richard Perini Clark Petre Matthew Petroski Mark Phillips Aidan Phillips Arthur Phillips Jonathon Pickard Darlene Plewik John Plunkett Richard Porcari Brian Powers Jenna Prasad Andy Quinones Andrew Quinones Joel Rak Joel Rak Wayne Randolph Scott Ratay Michael Rausch Michael Rausch Debra Reisdorf Kathrine Rejewski Darvin Remington Amanda Richley Ralph Rietz Eric Robertson Joseph Robison Dean Rosales Dean Rosales Giovanni Rosario Dan Roycroft Richard Rug Kristine Rydzik Mary Lou Sachenik Jim Saczuk Neil Sager Frank Saglime Francisco Salazar Philip Sarsfield Craig Sauers Ronald Schaefer John Schaf John Schaf Lauren Schenk Justin Schiske Michael Schiske John Schmidt Frank Schmiegel Justin Schneider Andrew Schutz Jason Sciandra David Scott David Seely David Seweryniak Donald Shular Narom Sieng Stephen Sikora Inderjit Singh Clifford Skillings Markian Slabyk Daniel Slebioda Walter Slepinski Roy Smalley Steve Smith Jeffery Smith Jeffery Smith Herbert Smith Jeffrey Sobczynski Brian Sokolowski Patrick Stanczyk Gregory Starks Jim Steffan Richard Steinke Eric Stellrecht Nathaniel Stenz Stenz John Stephan Syreeta Stewart Tanner Stinson John Stolfo Dawn Strnad Jonathan Struebel Daniel Suarez Joshua Suarez Timothy Sullivan Gabriel Tannenbaum Thomas Tanski Sean Taylor Katherine Thompson Karl Thorup Richard Todd Andrew Trask Joseph Tronolone Robert Turchiarelli Thomas Unverzart Kenneth Van Dick Kenneth Van Dick Van Dick Lisa Varco Nancy Vona Phorn Vonn Phorn Vonn James Vorburger James Vorburger Richard Wagner Gary Wahler Richard Walczyk Michael Walter William Watt Justine Weatherbee David Weber Thomas Wegerski Lori Wendel Kristie Werth Robert Whitaker Velmond White Matthew Whitehead Crystal Whitlatch Anthony Whittington Bob Wiepert Robert Wiepert Gerald Wilczak Kirk Wilde Zachary Wilder Keith Williams Daniel Wilson Kira Wilson Peter Wilson John Wise Steve Witkowski John Wolanin Gary Wozniak Aaron Wright Jeffrey Yoke Jonathan Young Patty Young Randy Zagst Celeste Zalapa Gallegos Anthony Ziemczonek Leonard Zima Waymon Zou-He James Zydel Thomas Downing Gary House Leonard Rath Danielle Johnson Michael Mrak Wayne Kamholz Jonathon Brand Frank Drexelius Naseem Abdulrahman Jason Vrenna Daniel Finucane Julianna Gill Gregory Phillips Erica Snyder Michael Mills Matthew Kubiak Jack Vincheski Fredrick Kobler Gregory Gajewski Jeffrey Kraska William Massaro Heidi Behen Paul Teluk Thomas Kennedy David Gorczynski Marion Jarosz Donna Niewiemski Alison Wesolowski Johnathan Renaldo Francis Kolacki Robert Wyant Michael Noto John Harden Richard Beeman Raymond Gorecki John Henning John Tetlow Richard Ross Karen Hansen-Sinclair Kimberly Ellerbrock Dave Mang Mark Stollberg Helen Flynn Celine Maddex Jean Winiewicz Janet Kleinfelder Peggy Goran Sandra French Brian Schuhmann Tim Mascorella Jason Hyde David Genco Henry Bielawski Heidi Reed Heidi Behen Michael Johnson James Newhouse Lucille Barone Jerome Lepsch Kim Dils Rachel Mest

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1961-1972 Apollo Era

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December 1972

  • This is the final time Americans step on the moon.
ascentengineJourney To The Moon - A Moog Story (Part 4): The Lunar Ascent Module

July 1969

  • The first Astronauts land on the moon during Apollo 11.
  • Once the astronauts landed on the Moon, one Bell ascent engine was responsible for getting them off the surface and back into lunar orbit. There was no backup. If the engine failed, the astronauts would have been stranded on the Moon. Bell Aerospace, now part of Moog, built in many safety features and redundancies so it would always work, and it did, ensuring all 12 Apollo astronauts who landed on the Moon made it home safely.
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July 1969

  • Apollo 11 Launches.
  • Before we could get astronauts to land on the Moon during Apollo 11, NASA had to figure out a way to train them to fly on the Moon. They would be practicing these maneuvers on Earth for something they’d have to do in 1/6th of the gravity on the Moon. NASA came to Bell Aerospace in Niagara Falls, now part of Moog, to build a lunar landing training vehicle. They simulated the Moon’s gravity by having a jet engine in the middle of the vehicle controlled by computers that canceled out 5/6ths of its weight. So, when it was flying here on Earth, it felt like it would in lunar gravity. All the Apollo astronauts who flew on the Moon had extensive training on this vehicle.
LLTVJourney To The Moon - A Moog Story (Part 3): The LLTV
apollo8Journey to the Moon - A Moog Story Part 1

December 1968

  • Apollo 8 was the first crewed mission to orbit the Moon. At a time when nobody had ever flown more than 850 miles above the earth, NASA committed to fly astronauts the 240,000 miles to the Moon. An impressive feat that Moog helped launch. On December 21, 1968, our hydraulic thrust vector control actuators steered the Saturn 5’s rocket engines on the first, second, and third stages. That final stage was the most critical as that single engine, steered by two Moog actuators, is what took the command module out of Earth’s orbit and to the Moon on all the lunar Apollo missions. Those absolutely had to work because there was no backup. If they failed, the mission would fail. The Saturn V rocket launched all the Apollo lunar missions.