The US space agency, NASA, said today it has elected 11 private companies to conduct research and produce prototypes of human land for its Moon exploration program.
The program is expected to put American astronauts, including the first woman on the Moon's South Pole by 2024, and set up sustainable missions by 2028.
Among the selected companies are SpaceX, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin, many of which are now NASA contractors.
Jeff Bezos, founder of American space manufacturer Blue Origin and president of Amazon, presented on May 9 a moon collector who can land on the moon by 2024.
The airport is a flexible device that can provide accurate and smooth landings and ultimately allow a permanent human presence on the Moon, according to Blue Origin.
These companies are required to investigate or develop prototypes over the next six months to reduce the programmed risk for the elements of lowering, transferring and loading a potential human landing system, according to NASA.
NASA has proposed the transport of astronauts to a human landing system from a transfer station called a Low Lane Portal using a dropping element to bring them to the surface and an ascent element to bring them back to the Gates.
The total prize pool for all companies is $ 45.5 million and companies will contribute at least 20 percent of total project costs, according to NASA.