'Carpooling to the moon': NASA to outsource its next lunar experiment

NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services

NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services

In a blog and a subsequent news conference, NASA announced that it would be allowing nine different companies to bid on "NASA delivery services to the lunar surface". The CLPS contracts have a combined maximum value of $2.6 billion over the next 10 years, so companies are eager to win them. The first missions under CLPS could take place in 2019, NASA said in its announcement, although many industry sources expect 2020 to be a more reasonable date for a first mission under the program.

"Today's announcement marks tangible progress in America's return to the Moon's surface to stay", said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

A Cambridge-based nonprofit that created the navigation system for Apollo is competing with private companies across the country to be the next American entity to land on the moon. "We will increase our efforts to expand our living sphere into space". The company previously competed and succeeded through two funding levels in the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge X Prize in 2009.

Lockheed Martin is planning for a massive lander that could ferry four astronauts from the Lunar Gateway to the moon, while Deep Space Systems is an aerospace engineering company developing the Mars Phoenix lander. The company is also an official partner with NASA through the Lunar CATALYST Program.

Within the partnerships, NASA will be one of many customers who will use lunar services such as rocket rides, Bridenstine said.

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Among the research projects the companies are working on include radiation monitors, laser reflectors for gravity and measurement devices, said moon project leader Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA science mission head.

"The U.S. return to the moon and we do it faster than you think", - stated in the message.

The McCandless Lunar Lander is named after the late astronaut and former Lockheed Martin employee Bruce McCandless. Zurbuchen said the agency has a "set of instruments" that are either ready for flight now or could be ready in the near future, such as a retroreflector to enable accurate laser ranging of the Earth-moon distance.

The outline published by NASA to fulfill the Space Policy Directive, the "Exploration Campaign", focuses on three core domains for development: low Earth orbit, lunar orbit and surface, and Mars, with the option of other deep space objectives being integrated. On Monday, we landed on Mars. Astrobotic has more than 30 prior and ongoing NASA and commercial technology contracts, a commercial partnership with Airbus DS, a corporate sponsorship with DHL, and 12 signed deals for Peregrine's first mission to the Moon. The company's lunar lander, Peregrine, delivers payloads to the Moon for companies, governments, universities, non-profits, and individuals at an industry-defining price of $1.2 million per kilogram.

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