NASA looks to industry
WASHINGTON: NASA is turning to private industry for the first lunar landers for astronauts in a half-century, with three competing, quite contrasting versions.
The three companies that will develop, build and fly lunar landers, with the goal of returning astronauts to the moon in 2024 and ultimately on to Mars, are SpaceX, Blue Origin and Dynetics. Altogether, the contracts for the initial 10-month period total $967 million. “This is the last piece that we need in order to get to the moon by 2024,” a NASA spokesman said.