NASA Added Five More Companies to the List of Commercial Lunar Payload Services

by Ernest Thomas
NASA Added Five More Companies to the List of Commercial Lunar Payload Services

In an ongoing, hottest effort to send cargo, including people, to the Moon, NASA has announced a list of companies. Reportedly, the American space agency will partner with the newly-added five commercial space companies for delivering payloads. The so-called list of contractors already includes nine companies from an earlier range. The latest effort consists of a green signal for Blue Origin, SpaceX, Ceres Robotics, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, Sierra Nevada Corporation. From now, the five companies mentioned above have the opportunity to place bids on the deployment of NASA’s payload to the Moon. It means that the group of companies can design and fly lunar landers in the service of NASA missions. Besides, they will have to keep pace with one another to obtain a contract from the American space agency. Notably, the projects might include the delivery of supplies and resources to the moon under NASA’s Artemis lunar missions.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA’s administrator, said American aerospace companies of variable sizes have joined the Artemis program. He noted, extending the list of companies capable of bidding on ferrying payloads to the lunar surface forces invention and lessens expenses of NASA and American tax-payers. Bridenstine added they expect opportunities to deploy a broad range of technical and scientific payloads. Eventually, the deployment will assist NASA in achieving the feat of lunar exploration and send humans over there.

Whereas, being selected and becoming a part of NASA’s CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services) program is not enough. It doesn’t mean that NASA will think about using these agencies if or when it aims to ferry payload. Instead of considering them directly, the American space agency will place demands on the abilities that it wants. After that, the companies will try to gain the opportunity to take NASA’s consignment to the Moon. Meanwhile, NASA will choose a supplier for each of its upcoming missions, depending on various aspects. At the time, it will primarily focus on technical viability, cost, and when they can get things done. Notably, NASA has projects worth $2.6 billion, in total, as long as November 2028.

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