NASA administrator: America’s space agenda ‘on fire’
Jim Bridenstine, NASA Administrator on the space agencies plans for the moon and its potential impact on the U.S. economy.
NASA has announced a slew of partners that will work with the space agency to develop technologies for missions to the moon and Mars.
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The agency announced the 14 American companies, including SpaceX, Lockheed Martin and United Launch Alliance and a number of small businesses, on Wednesday. The combined award has a value of more than $370 million.
NASA’s Artemis program aims to land American astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024 while establishing a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite. In its announcement, the space agency said the technologies will be used to develop sustainable operations on the moon by the end of the decade.
The agency's long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.
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“The majority of the funding will help mature cryogenic fluid management technologies via in-space demonstrations led by small business Eta Space, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX, and ULA,” said NASA in a statement. “Each approach is unique, ranging from small- to large-scale and short- to long-term tests.”