NASA Langley Research Center technology helps human exploration of the Moon

NASA Langley Research Center technology helps human exploration of the Moon

NASA Langley Research Center technology helps human exploration of the Moon

The nine companies range from startups to aerospace giants, reported Space News, which added that while they are eligible for future contracts to deliver payloads to the surface of the moon, there is "no guarantee of business for any of them".

NASA is moving forward with plans to put the USA back in the business of moon visits. Lockheed Martin is building the McCandless Lunar Lander, modeled after InSight, which the private company built for NASA.

The White House Space Policy Directive 1, signed December 11, 2017, revised United States national space policy to integrate NASA's programs with private sector partners to return to the Moon before continuing on to human exploration of Mars. As part of a push to continue American leadership in space, the Directive instructs NASA to develop a flexible deep space infrastructure to support the increasing complexity of missions. This includes encouraging private investment where possible and shifting sights to lunar science, including the Gateway Lunar Orbital Platform and a human return to the Moon in the short term.

The contracts call for indefinite deliveries and quantities with a combined maximum value of $2.6 billion over the next 10 years.

NASANASA plans to return to the moon with American companies.

NASA's National Space Exploration Campaign has five strategic goals: transitioning low-Earth orbit human spaceflight, like the International Space Station, to more commercial operations; using robotic missions to identify resources on the moon; expanding surface operations on the moon; returning astronauts to the moon's surface; and demonstrating what's mandatory for human missions to Mars. NASA expects to be only one of many customers that will use the commercial landing services - from the Earth to the Moon - created by the program. The new commercial partners will compete for the opportunity to ferry those experiments to and from the moon. "We've never done anything that fast", said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator of NASA's Science Mission Directorate, which manages the contracts with these firms. "Growing from the NASA Centennial Lander Challenge through working with NASA CATALYST (Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown) and now CLPS is very exciting!"

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Work could start as soon as 2025, according to a statement by Yevgeny Mikrin, head designer at the country's space program.

The announcement came just three days after NASA landed a spacecraft on Mars.

The agency hopes that this new program will help bring the USA back to the surface of the moon.

SpaceIL, an Israeli company and former X Prize contestant, says it will send a robotic lander to the moon's surface with SpaceX's help early next year.

The agency is also conducting a review of SpaceX and Boeing to assess the cultures of the government contractors.

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