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NASA adds 5 more companies to bid for work on moon mission

NASA adds 5 more companies to bid for work on moon mission”

The five companies, selected from eight that submitted proposals to this on-ramp, join the original nine CLPS companies selected by NASA almost a year ago: Astrobotic, Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, Lockheed Martin, Masten Space Systems, Moon Express and OrbitBeyond.

Being chosen to be the part of the CLPS program doesn't assure every firm a NASA contract to ship their spacecraft to the Moon.

SpaceX is one of five companies that are newly eligible to deliver robotic payloads to the lunar surface for NASA, via the agency's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.

SpaceX, Blue Origin, Ceres Robotics, Sierra Nevada Corp. and Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems are all working to design and build lunar landers capable of delivering science and technology payloads, including rovers and science experiments, to the moon's surface.

"As NASA continues to lean ahead and use commercial expert services to discover the Moon, we want as many various ideas as we can on the desk", explained Steve Clarke, deputy affiliate administrator for exploration in NASA's Science Mission Directorate, in the course of the media call.

The CLPS contracts are indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a combined maximum contract value of $2.6 billion through November 2028.

One of those deliveries will involve VIPER, the agency's Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover.

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A couple of yr in the past, NASA launched it had picked 9 distinct companies that have been being appropriate to contend for contracts to supply considerably compact science and cargo missions to the lunar space.

In elaborate to enact that objective of touchdown Starship on the moon this would per chance moreover merely must beat out high-profile competitors cherish the Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Starting up place, and Sierra Nevada Corp. This latest announcement expands upon the nine companies selected last November, bringing the total to 14.

Elon Musk-led SpaceX's Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle may make the first landing on the Moon in 2022. The 14 companies now in the program can bid on NASA delivery services.

'We are aiming to be succesful of descend Starship on the lunar surface in 2022, ' Shotwell said at some level of a NASAS teleconference Monday.

Not all of the companies announced Monday were household names.

Michael Sims, chief executive of Ceres Robotics, said his company's CLPS award was a sign small companies like his had a role in NASA's broader plans. "Small player being an agility and a creativity that adds to the mix". This can be a little little bit of overkill for what NASA seeks with its modest CLPS program, as theoretically Starship may at some point ship as significantly as 100 tons to the lunar floor space. SNC's 55-year legacy of state-of-the art civil, military and commercial solutions includes delivering more than 4,000 space systems, subsystems and components to customers worldwide, and participation in more than 450 missions to space, including Mars.

"That's what is going to be very exciting about this", he said.



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