NASA selects nine companies to compete for Moon funding program

NASA looks to outsource Moon delivery services

The decision marks a stark change in NASA's mode of operation when it comes to America's Moon aspirations - though private companies have been used for years to ferry gear to the International Space Station, and SpaceX and Boeing are working on spacecraft to carry astronauts to the Moon as early as 2019. NASA expects to be one of many customers that will use these commercial landing services.

NASA administrator, Jim Bridenstine, announced that nine private-sector aerospace companies, including Lockheed Martin, will develop the spacecraft and technology to get the USA back to the moon.

NASA will re-examine the private market periodically for new and emerging lunar delivery capabilities, and may offer additional companies an opportunity to join Commercial Lunar Payload Services through a contract process called on-ramping.

At a news briefing, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said, "When we go to the moon, we want to be one customer of many customers in a robust marketplace between the earth and the moon".

Those companies are Astrobotic, Deep Space Systems, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, Lockheed Martin, Mastern Space Systems, Moon Express, Draper and Orbit Beyond.

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Speaking later to AFP, Bridenstine said the review shows how seriously NASA takes the safety of its astronauts. SMD serves as the NASA interface between the agencys mission directorates, the scientific community, and other external stakeholders in developing a strategy to enable an integrated approach for robotic and human exploration within NASAs Moon to Mars Exploration Campaign.

The vehicle had been in development for about a decade to explore a polar region of the Moon.

Earlier media reported that Russian cosmonauts for the first time should attend the surface of the moon after 2030, their mission will last 14 days.

Russia plans to deploy on the moon manned base and build a Observatory, the Council of the Russian Academy of Sciences space supported these projects, said Wednesday the Agency TASS source in the space industry. The last manned US spacecraft to touch down on the moon was Apollo 17.

NASA boss Jim Bridenstine has told reporters that SpaceX CEO Elon Musk smoking week on a podcast "was not appropriate behavior".

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