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NASA calls for commercial partners on robotic lunar lander initiative

RATE THIS! +28
Posted in Science on 23rd Jan, 2014 11:56 PM by AlexMuller

With China successfully landing a robotic rover on the Moon, there’s been speculation in some circles as to whether or not a new space race between China and the United States will start soon. That’s as maybe, but if Space Race Mk II does happen, the American landing craft might be owned and operated by a private firm.

 

Lending strength to this argument is NASA's recent announcement of its Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (Lunar CATALYST) initiative, which aims at kickstarting private development of commercial lunar transports through partnerships with the space agency.

 
NASA partnerships aren’t a new idea. In fact, in recent years it’s been the agency’s preferred way of getting around shrinking budgets or lack of government interest in various programs. The most prominent of these has been Commercial Crew Program (CCP), where NASA called on private industry to come up with a replacement for the Space Shuttle to carry crews and cargo to the International Space Station (ISS).
 
The result is the recent visits by the Dragon and Cygnus space freighters to the station, with more to follow as NASA concentrates on manned deep space missions.
 
With Lunar CATALYST, NASA is soliciting proposals from potential partners to develop a reliable and cost-effective commercial robotic lunar lander for carrying cargo to the lunar surface.
 
The idea is that these landers would be used for commercial purposes, such as mining helium-3, cryogenic manufacturing, solar power generation or spacecraft refueling, while helping out NASA and other researchers on scientific missions, such as sample returns, prospecting, and technology demonstrations.

Tags: spacespace explorationNASAmoonchinaspace raceLunar CATALYST

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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-24
+3
Involvement of private companies in space exploration should be seen as very positive development, in my opinion. All these explorations are costly and many types of experts are needed
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-24
+2
Yes, cost is one of the issues. As they explained, NASA’s contribution is “no-funds exchanged Space Act Agreements.” NASA will provide technical help, access to NASA test facilities, equipment, and software, but no money. Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-24
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Lets see who applies and who gets selected. Proposals will be due on March 17 and selections are scheduled for April. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-24
+3
NASA is looking into private companies more and more. Recently, NASA was looking for private companies to run a taxi shuttle service to the International Space Station from American soil. My money for this is on SpaceX or will be when they go public. SpaceX already have several collaborations and contracts with NASA and they are doing great
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-24
+1
We just found out recently that International Space Station life is 'to be extended'. Current commitments run to 2020, but many engineers believe the station could work safely until at least 2028. They need this new 'taxi' Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-24
+0
It seems that this extension allows NASA to expand their planning, and it is likely to change the way scientists and commercial companies look at their “investment” in the future of the ISS. Good news! Reply
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