NASA shocked the world the good news

01 December, 2018, 01:09 | Author: Tara Reeves
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In preparation a comeback to the Moon, and as part of the Lunar campaign announced in July, the space agency revealed this week the names of the nine companies that are eligible to bid for the delivery of cargo to Earth's satellite as part of future missions. In a news release, NASA said that "w$3 orking with USA companies is the next step to achieving long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and Mars".

"Navigating humans to the moon and back almost 50 years ago was an incredibly proud moment for the engineers and scientists at Draper", CEO Kaigham Gabriel said.

NASA is planning to conduct workplace reviews of SpaceX and Boeing, another contractor, but which were already under consideration before Musk's appearance on the Rogan podcast.

"We are excited to partner with these fantastic companies at the dawn of a new era of lunar and solar system exploration", stated Moon Express founder & CEO, Bob Richards.

The space agency will buy the service and let the private industry work out the details on getting there, according to NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

Students from local FIRST Robotics teams got more air time during the event than the companies winning contracts, and more opportunities to ask questions of NASA leadership than the journalists in the room or on the phone. There was certainly a lot of clapping at NASA Headquarters Nov. 29 when NASA announced the nine companies it selected to participate in CLPS. For example, its Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter division wants to coordinate landing dates with commercial landers to observe their dust plumes to see how they disturb the environment.

NASA selects nine USA companies to vie for moon program funding
NASA officials said the research will help get astronauts back to the moon more quickly and keep them safer once they're there. Near the other end of the corporate spectrum is Orbit Beyond, a small company with plans to develop a series of lunar landers.

Under the CLPS program, Astrobotic's Peregrine lunar lander is poised to serve as America's workhorse robotic lander, delivering up to 265 kilograms of payload on each mission.

Forward-looking: NASA promises to put astronauts on the moon once again, but first, its CLPS program needs to deliver payloads of equipment and instruments to the lunar surface.

During preparation for the first lunar missions in the 1960s, NASA tapped Draper for development of guidance, navigation and control systems.

Apart from building a human colony on Mars, scientists are also planning to build up a colony on the moon, and as per Russian scientists they will make it happen within 20 years. "What seems to have changed is the color of carpet", he said. "We are eager to add NASA to our existing manifest of commercial customers, and get America back on the surface as soon as possible".

Perhaps the most remarkable thing about NASA's list are the names that aren't on it.

The last US mission to the moon was Apollo 17 in 1972. [Image: NASA] By example, he cited a set of retro-reflector instruments, in partnership with Germany and Israel, as nearly ready to go. Under this architecture, NASA would become one "among many" customers.

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