NASA has announced it has partnered with 14 American companies whose technologies will help enable the agency´s Moon to Mars exploration approach, the company said.
The selections are based on NASA´s fourth competitive Tipping Point solicitation and have a combined total award value of about USD 43.2 million. This investment in the US space industry, including small businesses across the country, will help bring the technologies to market and ready them for use by NASA.
The selections address technology areas such as cryogenic propellant production and management, sustainable energy generation, storage and distribution, efficient and affordable propulsion systems, autonomous operations, rover mobility, and advanced avionics.
NASA´s Artemis lunar exploration program includes sending a suite of new science instruments and technology demonstrations to study the Moon, landing the first woman and next man on the lunar surface by 2024, and establishing a sustained presence by 2028. The agency will leverage its Artemis experience and technologies to prepare for the next giant leap — sending astronauts to Mars.