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NASA wants commercial lunar landers

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Posted in Science on 30th Jan, 2014 11:55 PM by AlexMuller

Not only has the agency signed large contracts with both Space X and Orbital Sciences to carry supplies (and eventually people) to the International Space Station, but it is also putting out a call for privately companies to get involved with the next missions to the Moon by designing and developing the next generation of robotic lunar landers.

 

The new program, called Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown (CATALYST), seeks out any interested parties that have great ideas for future lunar exploration. In return, NASA will provide its expertise, equipment, and facilities to assist future lunar lander projects.

 
It’s a great solution for the agency, considering its ever-shrinking budget (NASA won’t supply funds for the project), and it will also give a big push for commercial space projects in the future.
 
NASA is planning to use Lunar CATALYST for new missions to the Moon. The idea is to get these robotic vehicles on the Moon’s surface to not only study it, but to also mine water. However, the concepts could also apply to future exploration farther away, like Mars.
 
NASA is already working with Canada and other countries to develop a moon rover and lander, but it’s also interested in what’s available in the U.S. from potential commercial partners. Interested companies have until March 17th to submit their proposals.

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Comments

Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
+2
This now very well established strategy for NASA and likely to be a very effective and good one- private companies have a lot to learn from NASA and a lot to contribute. Partnership is great idea
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
+0
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
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
+0
This could benefit all involved- very god idea Reply
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Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
+1
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. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
+0
Another call- we hope for lot of applicants. 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. Should work out. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2014-01-31
+2
The idea behind this is great. 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. Reply
Author: Guest
Posted: 2016-12-26
+0
wij hebben anders wel iets in de aaingedibn… het wordt wel af en toe wakker ‘s nachts… maar je zult er veel liefde van krijgen en veel knuffels.+ de dokterskosten zijn terugbetaald Reply


 

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