Taking humans to Moonhas remained under discussion for more than a year, and Now NASA is asking the aerospace company to provide the designs for Landers which can transport astronauts to the lunar surface. NASA’s aim is to test these vehicles on the Moon as early as 2024 and then use them to take people to the lunar by 2028.
In this regard, NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine and other top agency officials made a plan during a media roundtable today in Washington, DC. In December 2017, The U.S president Donald Trump signed a directive known as SPD-1, which was against NASA because of their plan of sending Humans on Moon but later it was dismissed.
“One of the things I think is important is again we want this reusability, we want this sustainability, but we also want to go fast, It’s important that we get back to the Moon as fast as possible, said Jim Bridenstine”
NASA will put a formal request to companies for lander proposals in March as they want to officialize the agreement between May and July. Each of the contracts would be worth between $300,000 and $9 million, Bridenstine said NASA is open to both commercial ventures like Lockheed Martin, Blue Origin, SpaceX, and Boeing and international agencies sending in ideas.
Meanwhile, NASA is also working on another program based at sending small robotic landers to the Moon, known as Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS). This program tasked Nine companies with small autonomous landers that can carry a specific payload to the moon. Because of this program, NASA release details on instruments which they want to send to the Moon and for that nine companies will compete to transport hardware to the landers.
NASA plans to reveal the details of the first batch of 12 instruments next week. Some of the details include imaging and other Scientific tools along with instruments for prospecting the Moon to look for things like water ice on the surface.