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NASA Selects Five US Companies to Mature Artemis Lander Concepts

NASA Selects Five US Companies to Mature Artemis Lander Concepts

NASA has selected five U.S. companies to help the agency with its Artemis program to make crewed trips to the lunar surface smoothly, while allowing the crew to continue their mission. These companies are going to make progress toward sustainable human landing systems, conduct risk-reduction activities, and provide feedback on NASA's requirements to cultivate industry capabilities for crewed lunar landing missions.

A contract that is fixed-price, milestone-based, the award in the next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) appendix N broad agency announcement are firm fixed pricing, for milestones. The award is worth $146 million in total, and the work will be carried out over the next 15 months. The companies that received awards and their awards values are:

  • Blue Origin Federation of Kent, Washington, twenty twenty-five million dollars.
  • The company Leidos's Huntsville, Alabama is $40.8 million.
  • Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colorado, 35,2 million dollars.
  • Northrop Grumman of Dulles, Virginia, 34,8 million dollars.
  • SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, 9,4 million dollars.

"Establishing a long-term human presence on the Moon through recurring services using lunar landers is 'a major Artemis goal'," said Kathy Lueders, NASA's general secretary for human exploration and "This critical step sets the foundation for American leadership in learning more about the Moon and in studying how to live and work in deep space for future missions farther into the solar system."

The selected companies will develop lander design concepts evaluating their performance, design, construction standards, mission assurance requirements, interfaces, safety, crew health accommodations, and medical capabilities. The companies will also mitigate lunar lander risks by conducting critical components tests and advancing the maturity of key technologies.

The work of these companies will ultimately help shape the future NASA's request for a regular astronaut transportation from lunar orbit to the surface of the Moon.

"Collaboration with our partners is crucial to achieving NASA's long-term Artemis lunar exploration goals," said Lisa Watson-Morgan, Human Landing System Program Manager at the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. By partnering with innovative companies in the U.S., we will build a robust lunar economy while exploring new areas of the Moon for generations to come.

This opportunity is distinct from the initial lunar landing demonstration mission awarded under the NextSTEP-2 Appendix H procurement, which will be the proof of concept for the Artemis architecture.

NASA's goals under Artemis include enabling a safe and cost-efficient long-term approach to access the lunar surface and becoming one of multiple customers buying services in molar transportation. A large portion of the work that the agency develops for the Moon will be applied to the future exploration at Mars.

NASA's Artemis missions include landing the first women and the second person of color on the lunar surface, sending a suite of new science instruments and technology demonstrations to study the Moon and establishing enlightening dissent

Learn more about Artemis at: https/www/narss.html/.

SOURCE NASA Spacecraft

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