NASA wants US-based firms to design human lunar landers for Moon

  • NASA wants US-based firms to design human lunar landers for Moon

NASA wants US-based firms to design human lunar landers for Moon

NASA has reportedly been given a clear mandate to by Donald Trump and Congress to step up space missions with Mars the ultimate goal.

"This time, when we go to the moon, we will stay".

The space agency has plans to try out new human-class landers on the Moon, starting 2024, with a goal for a manned mission in 2028.

"The previous lunar night saw the Chang'e-4 lander record a temperature low of -190 degrees Celsius (-310 Fahrenheit), with measurements made possible by a Russian-developed radioisotope thermoelectric generator which also acts as a prototype for future deep-space exploration", added Space News.

NASA's Jim Bridenstine said: "As a life long NASA supporter I am thrilled to be talking once again about landing humans on the moon".

Across the Atlantic, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine commented on USA plans for a lunar mission posted on the Ozy news outlet yesterday. Private sector innovation is key to these NASA missions, and the NextSTEP public-private partnership model is advancing capabilities for human spaceflight while stimulating commercial activities in space. A key aspect of this proposed approach is to use the Gateway for roundtrip journeys to and from the surface of the Moon.

Such moon expeditions, Clarke said, will not only give NASA a chance to "learn our lessons" on a non-Earth body, but it is also far closer than Mars.

"The Gateway will be the home base for the first reusable human lunar lander system". Just as SpaceX has become a major NASA partner in short order, this new call out for cooperation with private industry could bring some new faces into the NASA fold and give the agency the boost it needs to send man to the Moon once more.

NASA published a formal request for proposals to an appendix of the second Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) on February 7, and responses are due March 25.