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For the first time it is planned to make private moon lander in India. NASA indicates that it will spend more than $250 million hiring private companies to transport scientific missions to the moon.
These privately operated missions of private moon lander are planned to gather data about the lunar surface and pilot technologies for landing robotic explorers.
“Our selection of these U.S. commercial landing service providers represents America’s return to the Moon’s surface for the first time in decades, and it’s a huge step forward for our Artemis lunar exploration plans,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. ”Next year, our initial science and technology research will be on the lunar surface, which will help support sending the first woman and the next man to the Moon in five years. Investing in these commercial landing services also is another strong step to build a commercial space economy beyond low-Earth orbit.”
There are already three companies, such as Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond, which have been awarded contracts for missions into 2021.
Orbit Beyond has the earliest target date for its mission, in September 2020.
Orbit Beyond, Inc., builds extensible and scalable technologies for lunar exploration. Its products include configurable delivery lunar landers with a payload capacity of up to 500 kg, and rovers. Orbit Beyond is unique among the nine other participants in NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload. It is building extensible, versatile and scalable technologies for lunar exploration.
“When I say we are buying a ride, that’s literally what we are doing,” Steve Clark, who leads NASA’s exploration programs, said on May 31. “They are responsible for the launch, the lander itself, landing it, and making sure we can operate our instruments on the surface of the moon. We won’t be sending fifteen engineers year to watch over three guys at the company.”
Source: Text; techcrunch.com, qz.com
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