NASA selects 9 USA companies to make lunar robotic payloads

Cristina Cross
November 30, 2018

Bridenstine said that while NASA wants the companies to succeed, the space agency is certain some of the efforts will fail. NASA is now working with commercial partners to carry astronauts to and from the space station. Now, within hours after NASA announced their plans to take humans to the moon, Russian Federation has revealed that they intend to build a lunar base by 2040.

Still, Earth's only natural satellite is being explored by other nations; China's Chang'e 4 and 5 missions, which would deliver a rover to the Moon, and return rock samples from the surface, is slated to launch next year.

Deep Space Systems: A Colorado-based company focused on systems engineering for supporting the design, development, integration, testing, and operations of science and exploration spacecraft. The Google Lunar X Prize, started in 2007, announced a $20 million award for the first privately funded spacecraft to land on the moon.

The last time a human was on the moon, over 45 years ago, the mission totaled $25 billion, which adjusted for inflation would look more like $150 billion today. SMD serves as the NASA interface between the agency's mission directorates, the scientific community, and other external stakeholders in developing a strategy to enable an integrated approach for robotic and human exploration within NASA's Moon to Mars Exploration Campaign.

Earlier this month, The Washington Post broke the news that NASA would conduct reviews of workplace culture in both SpaceX and Boeing following Musk's behavior on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast.

In December, Trump signed a policy directive instructing NASA to "refocus America's space program on human exploration and discovery".

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NASA's CLPS programme will offer contracts worth a combined value of about $2.6 billion over the next 10 years.

On Thursday, NASA announced partnerships with nine companies that could fly small payloads to the lunar surface through contracts with the American space agency sometime in the relatively near future.

Bridenstine said that a frequent question was whether the culture at NASA and its contractors contributed to those accidents.

The space agency announced that it had selected nine United States companies to develop technologies for lunar deliveries launched from Earth.

'From there we want reusable landers that go back and forth to the surface of the moon, ' Bridenstine told Hill.TV. earlier.

Bridenstine confirmed he has ordered a safety review of NASA's contractors SpaceX and Boeing after Musk smoked, but said that was always the plan. The agency is now working with commercial partners in an effort to produce a lunar transport "market" one created to further enable scientific exploration of our closest celestial neighbor.

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