NASA awarded contracts to three companies to design and develop the human landing systems to land the first woman and next man on the moon, the agency announced Thursday.
The contracts were awarded to Blue Origin, a Washington state-based company owned by Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosAmazon suspends Parler from web hosting service World’s richest people added .8T to their combined wealth in 2020 Amazon delivered more than 1.5 billion items over holiday season MORE; Dynetics, an Alabama-based company; and SpaceX, a California-based company founded by Elon MuskElon Reeve MuskWhatsApp delays controversial privacy update Fringe social networks boosted after mob attack NASA’s Europa Clipper has been liberated from the Space Launch System MORE.
The total combined value for all awarded contracts is $967 million for a 10-month base period.
NASA Administrator Jim BridenstineJames (Jim) Frederick BridenstineWill Axiom Space provide a commercial space station replacement for NASA’s ISS? NASA-Canadian agreement demonstrates how Artemis is an international moonshot NASA selects the next Artemis moonwalkers while SpaceX flies a Starship MORE said awarding the contracts brings the country one step further toward the goal of landing astronauts on the moon by 2024 as part of the so-called Artemis program.
“This is the first time since the Apollo era that NASA has direct funding for a human landing system, and now we have companies on contract to do the work for the Artemis program,” Bridenstine