Original name: US Space Agency selects 9 companies that offer lunar freight transport
Xinhua News, November 29 (Reporter Zhou Zhou) NASA announced on May 29 that it has selected nine US companies to bid for a monthly surface agency agency, most of which are start-ups. This will be the future exploration of the American astronauts on the Moon and even on Mars.
The project called Business Moon Load Service will provide a total of $ 2.6 billion over the next ten years. Selected companies will apply for a range of services including load integration and operation, cost triggering and landing for the month. NASA hopes to launch a mission to meet scientific knowledge of the lunar surface in the coming year.
NASA Director Jim Bradenstein said it was "tangible progress when the US returns to the moon and remains on the Moon." The Business Lunar Load Service first sends relatively small, inexpensive costs to the Moon, and then performs the traditional tasks of sending the medium into heavy loads on the Moon.
Among the nine selected companies is the only known American weapons giant Lockheed Martin, and other companies include Draper, Deep Space Systems, Aerospace Robotics, Firefly Space, Intuition Machines, Masten Space Systems and Off-Line Shipping.
Bridenstin said that most of the companies involved in the tender did not perform complex space missions on this scale, but for these companies, participation in this project is similar to venture capital with high risks but high returns.
The two major trading companies in the United States, Space Exploration Technologies and Blue Origin, have not been listed. NASA said it would periodically reassess it to allow more companies to participate in the "commercial monthly payload".
In September of this year, NASA announced it plans to land a month before 2030. To this end, the US space agency is planning to launch and build the platform "deep space portal" of the moon orbit at the stage as a "landing station" for landing.