NASA Chief Personally Ordered Safety Review of SpaceX, Boeing

Audrey Hill
December 2, 2018

Perhaps surprisingly absent are Elon Musk's SpaceX and Jeff Bezos' company Blue Horizon.

Cumulatively, the contracts could be worth up to $2.6 billion over 10 years. NASA will consider competitive bids based on technical innovation, feasibility, price, and schedule, for missions as early as next year.

Maston Space Systems: A Mojave-based company focused on reusable rocket technology and reliable planetary landers for the Earth, Moon, Mars, and beyond.

The revived interest in the moon can be attributed in part to President Trump's Space Policy Directive which views the moon as a vital staging area for future missions to Mars, manned or otherwise.

"We are announcing new moon partnerships with American companies", Jim Bridenstine, NASA's administrator, on Tuesday. He also clearly loves being in the spotlight, and those two things don't necessarily mix well when one of your biggest partners is the USA space program. "Of course, the technological piece was a big piece of it", Bridenstine said.

NASA's list of people scheduled to participate in the Thursday announcement include Bridenstine, Thomas Zurbuchen (the agency's associate administrator for science missions), Stan Love (a NASA astronaut), Andrea Mosie (the manager of the Apollo sample laboratory), Barbara Cohen (a Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter scientist), and students involved in the.

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Firefly Aerospace designs, manufactures and operates launch vehicles for the small satellite and Draper works to provide payload operations guidance systems for the lunar lander.

NASA also expects to send an American crew around the moon in 2023. It is unclear yet what criteria NASA will use to judge the craft and award contracts. The objective of returning to the moon is to determine what kind of resources are there and study its composition to help us better understand the formation of the Solar System. "What seems to have changed is the color of carpet", he said.

"We are excited to partner with these awesome companies at the dawn of a new era of lunar and solar system exploration", stated Moon Express founder & CEO, Bob Richards.

"NASA is putting more of the risk on commercial ventures", Boyle explained. "This time, when we go, no kidding, we're going to go". "When you combine those investments with the extensible capability of the team and our history of delivering humans to the moon and bringing them back, we're positioned well to meet NASA's mission needs". [Image: NASA] By example, he cited a set of retro-reflector instruments, in partnership with Germany and Israel, as nearly ready to go.

NASA officials said the research will help get astronauts back to the moon more quickly and keep them safer once they're there.

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