As we all know, NASA is planning to go back to the moon together with SpaceX Starship. The agency is seeking proposals for a second company lunar lander to join the team as part of the Artemis program.
NASA announced on Friday that it is searching for a new collaborator to join the effort to send the first woman and the first person of color to the moon by 2025. The agency indicated that the proposal deadline is November 15 and it expects to award the winning organization by May 2023.
The organization planning to submit a proposal should have experience with various trips to Earth’s satellite, including a 6.25-day visit by two astronauts, a 33-day mission carrying four astronauts, and short-stay cargo-transport assignments to regions other than the Moon’s south pole.
“Work done under this solicitation, in addition to current lander development and studies taking place, will help build the foundation for long-term deep space exploration,” said Lisa Watson-Morgan, program manager for the Human Landing System Program at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. “Partnering with American companies to do that work now allows us to leverage NASA’s knowledge and expertise to encourage technological innovations for a sustained presence at the Moon.”
The organization that wins and joins the team will be under the agency plan known as “Option B.”