Original title: The US Space Agency 9 companies choose to bid for the lunar freight services
Xinhua News Agency, Washington, 29 & # 39; November (Reporter Zhou Zhou) NASA announced 29 chose nine & # 39; US companies to offer surface cargo service agency lunar surface, many of which are start-ups. It will be the future exploration of US astronauts on the Moon and even on Mars.
The project, called "Moon Carad Business Service", will provide a total of & # 39; $ 2.6 billion in & # 39; contracts over the next decade. The selected companies will offer a range of & # 39; services including integration and loading operations, launches & # 39; lunar loading and departure. NASA hopes to launch the delivery of mission science science surface lunar surface early the next year
Director of & # 39; Jim Bradenstein NASA said it is "tangible progress in the United States to return to the surface of the moon and staying on the moon." The "Business lunar Load Service" first send relatively small loads, inexpensive to the Moon, and then perform tasks more traditional medium or large loads to send to the Moon.
Among the nine & # 39; selected companies, the only known one is the American giant & # 39; the weapons Lockheed Martin, and other firms including Draper, Deep Space Systems, Aerospace Robotics, Space Firefly, Intuition Machine, Masten Space Systems and Transport Moon and beyond the track.
Bridenstin said that most of the companies involved in the bidding did not perform complex space missions & # 39; this scale, but for these companies, to participate in & # 39; this project are similar for capital & # 39; risk b & # 39; high risk but high reward.
The two main companies & # 39; commercial space in the United States, Space Exploration Technologies and Blue Origin is entered in the list of & # 39; companies bidding. NASA said it would re & # 39; evaluate periodically to allow more companies to participate in "mobile commercial lunar cargo service".
F & # 39; & # 39 September; this year, NASA announced that it plans to re & # 39; drop on the moon again before 2030. To this end, the US Space Agency plans to launch and collect lunar orbit platform of "deep space" staged, as "station & # 39; transfer 'for landing .