NASA Awards SpaceX, Blue Origin, and three Different Firms $146 Million In Contracts to Make Moon Lander Designs
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NASA introduced on Tuesday that it had awarded 5 US firms, together with Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, a complete of $146 million in contracts to develop moon-lander designs.
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The contracts are a part of NASA’s Artemis program, which goals to ship astronauts again to the moon by 2024.
SpaceX obtained a contract price $9.4 million, whereas Blue Origin received a contract price $25.6 million, in response to NASA’s assertion.
The challenge will happen over the subsequent 15 months, in response to NASA.
The opposite awards included a $40.8 million contract for Dynetics, a $35.2 million contract for Lockheed Martin, and a $34.8 million contract for Northrop Grumman, NASA mentioned.
The 5 firms will develop sustainable lunar lander design ideas to assist NASA often transport astronauts to the floor of the moon, the company mentioned. The company will consider the efficiency and security of the lunar lander ideas, and reduce the dangers concerned, it mentioned.
It was unclear what number of firms had been within the operating for the contracts. Insider has contacted NASA for additional data.
“Collaboration with our companions is essential to reaching NASA’s long-term Artemis lunar exploration objectives,” Lisa Watson-Morgan, Human Touchdown System program supervisor at NASA, mentioned within the assertion. “By partnering with modern US firms, we’ll set up a strong lunar economic system whereas exploring new areas of the Moon for generations to return.”
This challenge is completely different from the $2.9 billion NASA lunar lander contract award to SpaceX in April. Below the unique contract, which Blue Origin missed out on, NASA astronauts are set to fly to the moon for the primary time since 1972 in SpaceX’s Starship.
Blue Origin has since filed a protest and sued NASA for its choice to solely choose SpaceX for the landing-system contract — the company was anticipated to decide on two firms. Bezos’ firm additionally provided to cowl as much as $2 billion for the primary two years of manufacturing of a moon lander.