Nasa turns to private sector for next moon mission

Nasa turns to private sector for next moon mission

NASA is as well going to test the transportation rockets and spacecraft by Boeing with an unmanned flight test around the Orbit in Mart, and with the crew it is scheduled for August of next year for the test flight.

"The intent to return to the moon is to do some science exploration, to land and explore the lunar surface and then finally pave the way for eventual human return to the moon", Dent said in a phone interview.

"The selection (of the nine companies by NASA) marks an important turning point in the change of the initiative for lunar exploration from government-led to private-led", ispace said in its Japanese press release.

The commercial partners announced today will develop their own spacecrafts to get NASA's payloads, and those of other customers, into space.

NASA has picked nine USA companies to bid for as-yet unannounced contracts related to a return to the moon.

The Commercial Lunar Payload Services program is a priority of NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who said in May that leveraging commercial capabilities would allow for more frequent and affordable access to the lunar surface.

"The space agency has been working on plans to build a ": "a space station to be built sometime in the 2020s. In October, NASA issued a call for potential lunar instruments and technologies to study the Moon, with proposals due in January. The hope is that the first missions will demonstrate the technology needed to develop future landers, identify resources on the moon and eventually put new footsteps on the surface.

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NASA had "never done anything that fast" before, Zurbuchen said.

"Working with U.S. companies is the next step to achieving long-term scientific study and human exploration of the moon and Mars", NASA said in a.

"These early commercial delivery missions will also help inform new space systems we build to send humans to the Moon in the next decade", said NASA.

Almost 50 years after Neil Armstrong became the first human to step onto the surface of Earth's satellite, President Trump signed a mandate to send USA astronauts back to the planetoid.

Russian national space agency Roscomos first envisioned the three-stage plan in 2014. These missions pave the way for a human return to the moon, as well as enable human exploration of Mars and beyond. The Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) has its first official partners.

Lockheed Martin is planning for a massive lander that could ferry four astronauts from the Lunar Gateway to the moon, while Deep Space Systems is an aerospace engineering company developing the Mars Phoenix lander. However, only 12 astronauts have ever stepped foot on the lunar surface. Insight arrived at Mars on Monday.

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