NASA announces a new project in which it will join a private company to return to the Moon.
NASA has big projects at the door. One of them is historic: taking back the Apollo mission dynasty and returning to the Moon. That explains why they demand greater seriousness Elon Musk.
Through official statement, The Space Agency revealed that they had selected nine US private companies; to participate in the Commercial Lunar Freight Services (CLPS) program.
The ultimate goal is for humans to return to the Moon to prepare for the leap to Mars. So this new participating company will be responsible for designing and assembling the vehicles needed for the first mission on the lunar surface. This is the company involved:
Follow the traditional protocol in this case will start by sending a robot probe exploration. Nearly two per year on average. To finally prepare for the journey of the human crew.
Need patience. Because the CLPS program has considered the initial activities to reach its first mission in 2019. But in reality, the term can be extended until 2022.
This project has a budget of USD $ 2,600 million for the next ten years. So NASA is serious about all this.