NASA attracts the private sector to develop the lunar lander





Space agency NASA announced that selected three American companies that will help him in the development of a new lunar lander. Companies Astrobotic Technology, Masten Space Systems and Moon Express will not receive any financial support from the agency, however, will hold talks with him about the exchange of technical knowledge and assistance in the development of the private space sector.

Selected programs have become part of NASA Lunar Cargo Transportation (delivery of goods to the moon) and Landing by Soft Touchdown (Lunar CATALYST – landing on the Moon). As in the case of the program Commercial Crew Program (CCP), under which NASA decided to abandon the state program “Space Shuttle” and open the way for private companies that would be produced for the agency space cargo ships for the possibility of their use during cargo delivery to the ISS initiative of the Agency program CATALYST caused by a lack of interest by the government in matters of possible cooperation with private partners.


Lander Masten XEUS

A key objective of the program Lunar CATALYST, enlist the support departments NASA Advanced Exploration Systems Division and the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate is to develop an effective and low-cost commercial robotic lunar landing module for the delivery of cargo to the lunar surface. In the future, these landers on the moon will be used for commercial purposes, for example, the extraction of helium-3, the production of cryogenic equipment, solar panels and refills stations. In addition, these modules will be used for various scientific and research missions, return shipping samples of lunar soil and so on.


Lander Griffin company Astrobotic Technology

After signing all the necessary arrangements, space agency NASA selected three companies to provide all the technical documentation, as well as to open for them free access to the test facility and consulting support in the development of new hardware and software for three years to develop a new landing lunar module.

«NASA creates offers that allow you to promote and expand the boundaries of human exploration of space and in particular solar system, and tries to support the development of private space sector,” – says Jason Krusan, head of Advanced Exploration Systems Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

“Robotic missions to the moon showed the presence on it of mineral resources, including water and oxygen. Such findings could be very useful in further study of the solar system. Potential use of the lunar surface, in collaboration with our international and local business partners will allow to use these resources in the future of space exploration and discovery. ”

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