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NASA Selects Five U.S. Companies to Mature Artemis Lander Concepts

15 Sep 2021, 09:28 UTC
NASA Selects Five U.S. Companies to Mature Artemis Lander Concepts
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Artist concept of the Blue Origin National Team crewed lander on the surface of the Moon. (Credits: Blue Origin)

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected five U.S. companies to help the agency enable a steady pace of crewed trips to the lunar surface under the agency’s Artemis program. These companies will make advancements toward sustainable human landing system concepts, conduct risk-reduction activities, and provide feedback on NASA’s requirements to cultivate industry capabilities for crewed lunar landing missions.

The awards under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix N broad agency announcement are firm fixed-price, milestone-based contracts. The total combined value for the awards is $146 million, and the work will be conducted over the next 15 months. The companies that received awards and their award values are:

Blue Origin Federation of Kent, Washington, $25.6 million. Dynetics (a Leidos company) of Huntsville, Alabama, $40.8 million.Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colorado, $35.2 million.Northrop Grumman of Dulles, Virginia, $34.8 million.SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, $9.4 million.

“Establishing a long-term human presence on the Moon through recurring services using lunar landers is a major Artemis goal,” said Kathy Lueders, NASA’s associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at Headquarters in Washington. “This ...

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