NASA Awards Moon Spacecraft Contracts

Companies have until February 2021 to refine concepts.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said they have awarded contracts to three companies to design and develop the human landing systems to land the first woman and next man on the moon. The contracts were awarded to Blue Origin, a Washington-based company owned by Jeff Bezos, Dynetics, an Alabama-based company, and SpaceX, a California-based company founded by Elon Musk.

The total combined value of all awarded contracts is $967 million for a 10-month base period.

Bridenstine said the contracts brings the nation one step further toward the goal of landing astronauts on the moon by 2024. “This is the first time since the Apollo era that NASA has direct funding for a human landing system and now we have companies on contract to do the work for the Artemis program.”

The companies have until February 2021 to refine their concepts at which time NASA will evaluate which of the contracts will perform initial demonstration missions, and then later select firms for developing sustainable lander systems and sustainable demonstration missions.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For the contracted companies and their engineers as they work on the development of a human lunar landing system.
  • For the Artemis program as it moves forward toward landing astronauts on the moon by 2024.

Sources: The Hill, Washington Post, NASA


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