This time, the action plan has to steps: first, equipment and instruments will be delivered to the lunar surface. NASA’s timeline of landing humans on the Moon will be scheduled during the 2020s. The cost of $2.6 billion will be supported over the next 10 years by many partner companies. On Thursday NASA announced it had selected nine companies to help achieve its lunar goals. Astrobotic, Moon Express, Masten Space Systems, Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond are on that list but SpaceX and Blue Horizon were not included.
NASA’s vision about human activities on the Moon
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine indicated that they wanted to have a wide variety of providers to ensure vigorous competition on both costs and innovation. NASA will evaluate bids based on technical feasibility, price, and schedule, among other things searching for more partners. The general idea is that these companies will be able to compete for contracts to deliver NASA science experiments to the surface of the moon by flying lunar landers on rocket launches purchased from other commercial space companies. The agency also hopes to spur development that the commercial sector can also utilizeMissions could feasibly begin as early as 2019.