NASA is ready to send astronauts back to the moon for the first time in more than 40 years. However, he will not do it alone. The agency recruits nine companies, large and small, for a combined maximum contract value of $ 2.6 billion over 10 years.
NASA today published the list of names, including the aerospace pillar Lockheed Martin, Astrobotic Technology, Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Texas Intuitive Machines, LLC, Masten Space Systems, Inc. ., Moon Express and Orbit Beyond – all US companies.
"Today's announcement marks tangible progress in America's return to the surface of the moon," NASA's Jim Bridenstine said in a news release. "The innovation of American aerospace companies, coupled with our great goals in science and human exploration, will help us achieve incredible things on the moon and feed Mars."
No baby. The teams will begin with lunar charge missions, which could start as early as next year. The lessons learned from this first harvest will be used to inform future missions on the Moon and, possibly, on Mars.