NASA reports that Astrobotic plans to deliver 14 shipments to Lacus Mortis, a large crater on the moon, by July 2021.
At the same time, Intuitive Machines will deliver five cargo to an Oceanus Procellarum, while Orbit Beyond will deliver four cargo to Mare Imbrium, the lava plain, by September 2020.
It is reported that NASA will complete the assignment of three companies by the end of this summer, because the exact landing location has not yet been formally finalized. In addition to basic scientific mission instruments, NASA will also consider how human activities affect the lunar environment.
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Chris Culbert, head of NASA CLPS project, said: "NASA is committed to working with industry on the next round of lunar exploration."
The selected small businesses are highly diversified and have their own unique innovative ways of landing on the moon. We look forward to working with them to open the door for human return to the moon while delivering payloads to the moon.