- The last time NASA came to the sea on the last. moon in December 1972.
- The US space organization said it is about to name "white partnerships" by American companies to return to the moon's surface.
- NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine said the new moon campaigns are "faster than you think!"
- NASA produces details of the publication to Thursday, but Business Insider has independently affirmed some information.
If NASA's robot does not come ashore in a car robot on Mars already; Enjoy you for room review this week, mark your calendar for 2 p.m. EST on Thursday.
That's why NASA plans to update a program aimed at spacecraft that are developed privately on moonlight.
"We are announcing new moon partnerships with American companies," Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, tweeted Tuesday. "The USA returns to the moon's surface, and we do it faster than you think!"
NASA has not given anything to the moon from Apollo 17 in December 1972, the final mission of the organization's moonlight program. (However, a group has dropped out of its moon to investigate soil soil.)
A room group has been working on plans to build a "Orbital Platform-Gateway Platform": a sports station to be built near; a short moon in the 2020s. But Business Insider has learned that Thursday knows is linked to a faster attempt to analyze the moon and, by expanding, supports NASA's larger goals with its gateway.
"Working with US companies is the next step in terms of long-term scientific research and human study on Moon and Mars," NASA said in a press release.
NASA may not be released on Thursday
NASA has provided some information on the publication, but stated that "future partners" will be named. Each of the 11 small companies will qualify for millions of dollars competitions in NASA contracts.
Business Insider has independently certified that a company with Astrobotic Technology is one of these partners, but an Astrobotic worker said they can not publish specific information until Thursday.
Business Insider spokesperson also told Business Insider that the news is to be tested for the future of the company's Lunar Commercial Commercial Payroll Services (CLPS) program.
In many ways, CLPS is similar to the NASA Commercial Access Program, which uses billions of dollars to use private companies (such as SpaceX and Boeing) to develop new spaceships capable of putting astronomers back to and from orbit. Similarly, CLPS hopes to encourage small companies to deliver 1,100- to 2,200-not robotic lawmakers giving NASA scientific pay payments to the surface of the moon.
CLPS missions can be launched and scheduled as early as 2019, according to NASA. NASA can also use the competition to require much larger settlers to bring people to the surface of the moon by the end of the 2020s.
Astrobotic was created in 2007 during the Lunar X Google Prize, a $ 20 million competition that wanted to look closely at the moon. The competition was closed in 2018 with no avocado, but Astrobotic continued to develop a small pine called Peregrine.
In March, Astrobotic was reported to work with United Launch Alliance (ULA) to find a space on a rocket that Peregrine could go to the moon sometime in 2020. Space name News in May that Astrobotic was preparing to bring 12 payrolls to the moon surface.
Then in August, Astrobotic received $ 10 million from NASA to create a "low, reliable, high-cost" system to collect a commercial lunar space vessel on the moon. The funding was part of $ 44 million awards. NASA provided companies to develop "tipping point" technologies for space research.
Who else could be involved?
The NASA list of people who are planning to take part in the Thursday statement includes Bridenstine, Thomas Zurbuchen (associate manager for science confidence), Stan Love (NASA astronut ), Andrea Mosie (Apollo sample manager manager), Barbara Cohen Lunar Recognition athlete), and students involved in the First Robotics Competition.
If there are any "tipping point" prizes as any other companies that could be named as "future partners", that list may include Blue Origin , a & # 39; airline company established by Amazon Billionaire Jeff Bezos.
Blue Origin gave $ 13 million home in NASA money in the "tipping point" awards – the funding that has been identified for the delivery of vital technologies that allow for the exact and soft settlement of its output; moon. "
In October, Blue Origin stated that it is "in the imaginative planning stage" of a big lunar "blue lunar". The company also has a & # 39; The creation of a renewable rocket system called Glenn Ùr, which could be flown in 2020.
Blue Origin did not respond promptly to Business Insider's requests for an idea, and SpaceX – who could use Falcon Heavy's interest incredibly to make big payments to her; moonlight – they did not respond in time to publish.
Another company that has been nominated as a new NASA partner, ULA, has received $ 13.9 million in the "tipping point" awards. Approximately $ 10 million of this amount was expected to help ULA to develop systems that would allow long-term lunar missions.
Frontier Aerospace Corporation also provided $ 1.9 million from NASA to develop rocket tools to land Astrobotic.
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The company has a & # 39; Planning to disseminate its information through NASA TV, which anyone can watch on YouTube.
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