Original title: The US Space Agency selects 9 companies to bid on the month shipping service
Xinhua News Agency, Washington, November 29 (Reporter Zhou Zhou) NASA announced on the 29th that it had selected nine US companies to bid for the lunar surface cargo service of the agency, most of which were new companies. This will be a future exploration of US astronauts on the moon and even on Mars.
The project, called "Business Month Loading Service," will provide a total of $ 2.6 billion in contracts over the next 10 years. Selected companies will submit bids for various services including load integration and operations, cargo launches, and moon landings. NASA hopes to launch the mission of sending surface science loads a month early next year.
NASA Director Jim Bradenstein said that this was "real progress from the US that returned to the surface of the moon and stayed on the moon." The "Lunar Load Service" project will first send a relatively small and inexpensive load to the Moon, and then do more traditional tasks to send medium to large loads to the Moon.
Among the nine selected companies, the only ones known were US arms giants Lockheed Martin, and other companies including Draper, Deep Space Systems, Aerospace Robotics, Firefly Space, Intuition Machines, Masten Space Systems, and Moon Transportation and off the track.
Bridenstin said that most of the companies involved in bidding did not carry out this scale-scale space mission, but for these companies, participating in this project was similar to venture capital, with high risk but high returns.
Two major commercial space companies in the United States, Space Exploration Technology and Blue Origin, have not yet entered the bidding company list. NASA said it would re-evaluate regularly to allow more companies to participate in the "commercial lunar payload service."
In September this year, NASA announced that it plans to land in another month before 2030. For this purpose, the US Space Agency plans to gradually launch a "lunar portal" platform in space as a "transfer station "for landing.