The US aerospace agency has selected nine private companies that will compete for contracts for the delivery of automated modules to the moon. With their help, the equipment necessary for astronauts who will appear on the Moon later will be sent to Earth’s natural satellite. Among the selected companies are not SpaceX Ilona Mask and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin.
NASA’s choice fell on Lockheed Martin, Astrobotic, Moon Express, Masten Space Systems, Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond. SpaceX and Blue Origin expressed their interest in the lunar project, but remained out of work.
As part of the program, it is planned to send a small automated module to the Moon, capable of delivering at least 10 kg of payload to the satellite, reports The Verge. This may be equipment that is needed to obtain detailed data on the surface of the moon and the resources available.