NASA announces grants in lunar demo data purchase program

NASA has now selected six companies in its data purchase program for lunar spacecraft technology that it [announced][1] back in August : [NASA Awards Contracts For Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data – NASA][2].

The companies, all participants in the [Google Lunar X PRIZE][3], selected for the Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) include: /– [Astrobotic][4] /– Charles Stark Draper Lab ([Next Giant Leap][5]) /– Dynetics ([Rocket City Space Pioneers][6]) /– Earthrise Space ([Omega Express][7]) /– Moon Express /– [Team FREDNET][8], The Open Space Society

NASA’s goal is to obtain

> technical data resulting from industry efforts to develop vehicle capabilities and demonstrate end-to-end robotic lunar landing missions. The data from these contracts will inform the development of future human and robotic lander vehicles and exploration systems.

The ILDD Broad Agency Announcement resulted in multiple award firm-fixed price indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts with a total value of up to $30.1 million over a period of up to five years. For each selected contractor, the minimum government purchase is $10,000, and the maximum government purchase is $10.01 million. […] The ILDD contracts provide for issuance of delivery orders that will specify data associated with system testing and integration, launch, in-space maneuvers, braking burns, lunar landing and other enhanced capabilities. Knowledge acquired from this data will be applied to the development of lander systems necessary to execute human and robotic missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids or other solar system destinations. They will contribute to NASA’s efforts to enable affordable and sustainable space exploration.

Some response to the awards: /– [NASA Embraces Commercial Lunar Explorers and Becomes Customer of Google Lunar X PRIZE Competitors -The Launch Pad][9] /– [Astrobotic wins $10M NASA contract for lunar data – Astrobotic/X PRIZE Foundation][10]

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