Private enterprise will help NASA return to the moon

The move is part of NASA's goal of sending people to the Moon in the next decade

NASA has named nine U.S. companies, including Lockheed Martin Corp, that will compete for funding under the space agency's renewed long-term moon programme, a private-public undertaking to develop technology that will explore the lunar surface.

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration, or NASA, has announced that private companies will make America's next moon landing.

The statement added NASA will periodically "re-examine" the commercial marketplace for "new and emerging lunar delivery capabilities, and may offer additional companies an opportunity to join Commercial Lunar Payload Services through a contract process called on-ramping".

Firefly Aerospace: An Austin-based company focused on economical and convenienct access to space for small payloads via reliable launch vehicles.

The relatively small and low-cost payloads delivered via the CLPS program would be followed by more traditional medium- and large-class missions, Bridenstine said, including an eventual crewed mission to the Moon.

Through new partnerships with private companies, NASA aims to ramp up its efforts to return to the moon.

Bridenstine said it will be up to the companies to arrange their own rocket rides. This image of the moon was taken above Newfoundland from the International Space Station. It was was founded in 2008 by Carnegie Mellon University professor Red Whitaker, and is developing robots to operate on the moon and other planets.

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Thomas Zurbuchen, NASA's associate administrator for the science directorate, said there were already many experiments that scientists know they want to send to the moon.

Jim Bridenstine, NASA administrator, said NASA will buy the service and let private industry work out the details on getting to the moon. "The innovation of America's aerospace companies, wedded with our big goals in science and human exploration, are going to help us achieve unbelievable things on the Moon and feed forward to Mars".

The revived interest in the moon can be attributed in part to President Trump's Space Policy Directive which views the moon as a vital staging area for future missions to Mars, manned or otherwise.

A spokesperson for SpaceX declined to comment on Bridenstine's remarks, the report said.

Mr Musk's SpaceX is one of two firms contracted to build a shuttle that will fly USA astronauts to the International Space Station from American territory - something that was ended in 2011.

While some of the companies are relatively new, others, like Draper, have been involved with the USA space program for decades.

These Commercial Lunar Payload Services contracts are initial steps toward continuous sustainable scientific study and human exploration on the moon, eventually Mars, and beyond.

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