The companies included Blue Origin, SpaceX, Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman.
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the United States (NASA) have selected five companies that should assist in carrying out developments related to the future use of the lunar lander. The contract amount will be $146 million, according to a statement published on the agency’s website.
As follows from the document, the companies will “finalize the concept” of this device. They will “help the management to ensure an even pace of crew flights to the lunar surface” as part of the Artemis program. This work is designed for 15 months and includes the search for solutions to reduce the risks associated with these operations and proposals for the development of the necessary industrial capacities.
The companies included Blue Origin, SpaceX, Dynetics, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman. Under this contract, Blue Origin will receive $25.6 million, SpaceX – $9.4 million, Dynetics – $40.8 million, Lockheed Martin – $35.2 million, Northrop Grumman – $34.8 million.
As follows from the document, the selected companies will develop “lander design concepts” evaluate their safety and effectiveness. They will also “test the most important components” and “refine key technologies.” This will make it possible to make landing on the surface of the Moon safer in the future, NASA believes.