Original title: US space agency selects 9 companies to participate in tenders for lunar transport services
Xinhua News Agency, Washington, November 29 (Reporter Zhou Zhou) NASA announced the 29th that it chose nine US companies to participate in the service of the lunar ground service agency, most of which are startups. This will be the future study of American astronauts on the moon and even on Mars.
Over the next 10 years, a project called the Business Moon Download Service will enter into contracts totaling $ 2.6 billion. USA. Selected companies will offer a wide range of services, including integration with workload and operations, payload launch and landing on the moon. NASA hopes to launch the mission of delivering payloads to the lunar surface of science next year.
NASA director Jim Braydenshtein said that this is "tangible progress by the United States returning to the surface of the Moon and remaining on the Moon." The Business Moon Load project will first send relatively small, low-cost goods to the Moon, and then perform more traditional tasks of sending medium and large loads to the Moon.
Of the nine companies selected, the only known weapon giant is Lockheed Martin, the US giant, while other companies include Draper, Deep Space Systems, Aerospace Robotics, Space Firefly, Intuition Machines, Masten Space Systems and Moon Transport and off-road.
Bridenstein said that the majority of companies participating in the auction did not perform complex space missions of this scale, but for these companies participation in this project is similar to venture capital with high risks but high returns.
Two large commercial space companies in the United States, Space Exploration Technologies and Blue Origin, were not included in the list of trading companies. NASA said it would periodically reassess to allow more companies to participate in the "commercial payload service for the moon."
In September of this year, NASA announced that it plans to land on the moon before 2030. To this end, the US Space Agency is planning to launch and assemble the platform of the lunar orbital spacecraft “deep space portal” in stages, as a “transfer station” for landing.