The US space agency, NASA, said today that it selected 11 private companies to study and produce human land prototypes for its lunar exploration program.
The program is expected to place American astronauts, including the first woman at the Moon's south pole in 2024, and build a sustainable mission in 2028.
Among the selected companies are SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin, many of which have become NASA contractors.
Jeff Bezos, founder of the US space manufacturer Blue Origin and Amazon president, gave a landing on the moon that could land on the Moon in 2024.
Landers are flexible landers who can provide precise and smooth landings and, ultimately, allow a sustained human presence on the Moon, according to Blue Origin.
These companies are required to study or develop prototypes over the next six months which reduce the risk of being programmed for hereditary elements, transfer and refueling of potential human landing systems, according to NASA.
NASA proposed transporting astronauts in a human landing system from a transfer station called the Gateway to low moon orbit, using offspring elements to bring them to the surface and climbing elements to return them to the Gateway.
The total number of awards for all companies is US $ 45.5 million and companies will contribute at least 20 percent of the total project costs, according to NASA.