Miami, Sep 14 (EFE) .- NASA on Tuesday awarded contracts for a total of 146 million dollars to five private aerospace companies, including Blue Origin, millionaire Jeff Bezos, SpaceX and Dynetics to work for the next 15 months in various projects for the development of the Artemis program
The US space agency detailed that these are five US companies that “will make progress towards sustainable concepts of human landing systems.”
The contracts awarded are for Dynetics, for 40.8 million dollars, Lockheed Martin (35.2 million), Northrop Grumman (34.8 million), Blue Origin (25.6 million) and SpaceX (9.4 million).
The Artemis program seeks “a long-term, safe and cost-effective approach to accessing the lunar surface and becoming one of many customers purchasing services in a lunar transportation market.”
Much of what the agency develops for the Moon will apply to future explorations on Mars.
The mission idea is “to allow a constant rate of manned travel to the lunar surface,” NASA said.
Artemis missions include landing the first woman and the first person of color on the lunar surface, dispatching a suite of new scientific instruments, and technology demonstrations to study the Moon and establish a long-term presence there.
The five companies “will conduct risk reduction activities and provide feedback on NASA’s requirements to cultivate the industry’s potential for manned lunar landing missions,” NASA noted.
The companies will develop landing module design concepts, evaluating their performance, design, construction standards, mission assurance requirements, interfaces, safety, crew health accommodations, and medical capabilities.