Space Agency NASA has selected 11 companies, who together with him will develop and create prototypes of a manned landing modules for its lunar exploration program “Artemis”, as the Agency announced on its official website. The objective of the program, we recall, is the first-ever landing women on the moon, and return the satellite to Earth in 2024, with the prospect of further permanent missions beginning in 2028.
“To accelerate the development of the mission to return humans to the moon, we decided to change our traditional approaches to solving problems. We simplify all bureaucratic procedures at all levels, from the procurement and signing of contracts, to develop new technologies, and the actual operations,” said Marshall Smith, head of the manned lunar exploration program NASA.
“Our team is excited about what may be in the near future to return to the moon, and because our public-private partnership for the study of the systems of the landing of the astronauts is an important step in this process.”
For the next six months, the selected company (Aerojet Rocketdyne Blue Origin, Boeing, Dynetics, Lockheed Martin, Masten Space Systems, Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems, OrbitBeyond, Sierra Nevada Corporation, SpaceX and SSL) will study the development of prototype parts and elements of the spacecraft and the spacecraft themselves, the devices are designed to reduce the risks associated with the planning of the descent, transfer and refueling of the elements of a potential system of landing astronauts. According to the specifications, NASA is considering the use for lunar missions with reusable space vehicles, so contractors will need to develop a system for their refueling apparatus.
Total remuneration for all companies participating in the program, $ 45.5 million dollars. Since the program of public-private partnerships NextSTEP, in which they are involved, implies the mutual involvement of partners in project financing, the company must make in its development not less than 20 percent of the total cost of the project.
“We are taking serious steps to begin the development as soon as possible, including the use of such program options NextSTEP, which allow our partners to begin work while we’re still negotiating,” commented Greg Chavers, Manager systems development landing in the Center of space flights of Marshall.
NASA wants to return humans to the moon, but in the longer term, to engage in the exploration of Mars. Currently the Agency is finalizing a new Space Launch System rocket and space ship “Orion”, which will be used for lunar and Mars missions in the future.