NASA Looking For Companies to Build Lunar Landers

    January 17, 2014
    Sean Patterson
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NASA’s commercial spaceflight program has largely been a success for the agency. Both SpaceX and Orbital Sciences have now performed successful resupply missions to the International Space Station (ISS).

With commercial spaceflight a success, NASA is now moving ahead with more commercial space industry partnerships. The agency this week announced that it is now looking for companies that can ferry cargo to the moon.

NASA is taking proposals on “reliable and cost-effective commercial robotic lunar lander capabilities.” These companies would have to deliver cargo to the moon’s surface, though NASA will also allow “commercial activities” on the moon to take place as long as its scientific missions are not affected.

This new initiative is part of the NASA’s current goals surrounding asteroid research and a manned mission to Mars. Resources on the moon such as water and oxygen could be used to support future space missions, including President’s Obama’s challenge to send humans to Mars by the 2030s.

“In recent years, lunar orbiting missions, such as NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, have revealed evidence of water and other volatiles, but to understand the extent and accessibility of these resources, we need to reach the surface and explore up close,” said Jason Crusan, director of Advanced Exploration Systems at NASA. “Commercial lunar landing capabilities could help prospect for and utilize these resources.”

The new lunar landers that NASA is envisioning would need to be able to collect lunar samples, deploy geophysical network assets, and search for resources. They would also need to land up to around 1,100 pounds of payload to “various lunar sites.”

“As NASA pursues an ambitious plan for humans to explore an asteroid and Mars, U.S. industry will create opportunities for NASA to advance new technologies on the moon,” said Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate at NASA. “Our strategic investments in the innovations of our commercial partners have brought about successful commercial resupply of the International Space Station, to be followed in the coming years by commercial crew. Lunar CATALYST will help us advance our goals to reach farther destinations.”

  • Who are they kidding?

    I think we are already on the moon and have been for some time. Watch the video below.

    youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=1TtZJZX88Kk (just paste this in your browser)

    Those are truly NASA scientists and on their desk is a photo of the moon. In that photo, you literally see a rectangular building. But the story does not stop there. In 2009, NASA shot a bomb at the moon in order to determine if water existed on the planet. However, the place where the bomb was shot was the exact same place that is shown in the picture above. The video about the moon bombing is in this link:

    youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=6Rj_wif2BD0 (just paste this in your browser)

    Think about this with common sense. Forty years ago we go to the moon and just stop. The biggest accomplishment in history and we stop. That doesn’t make sense at all. I believe we saw something up there and it was so startling the entire space program went into the Black OPS world. Right before 9/11, Rumsfeld said we lost 2.3 Trillion dollars. Some reports have it as high as 9.1 Trillion dollars. That is a lot of money and it went somewhere. Either in corrupt politician’s pockets or in some very large secret program. Only one program could be that large. The space program.

    Furthermore, Google the government’s study on luminous moon events. A lot of weird things have been happening on the surface of the moon for some time now. For the government to commission a study that spanned centuries — it must have been important. There is more going on at the moon than we know.