NASA has announced a call for Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads that will fly to the moon on commercial…
The agency is working with US industry and international partners to expand humanity exploration from the moon to the march. Everything begins with robot missions on the moon’s surface, as well as a spacecraft astronauts that circulate around the moon.
NASA is preparing to purchase commercial monthly payload for small payloads and develop moonlighting for large payloads to carry out more research on the surface of the moon before a human return.
The Office is seeking investigations that promote opportunities for science, exploration or commercial development of the Moon. This call is specifically aimed at small payloads that may be ready for early commercial flights.
Future calls for the moon payload will occur on a regular basis for subsequent missions, with the next call released in about a year.
“We are looking for ways not only to carry out moon science but also to use the Moon as a scientific platform to look back on earth, observe the sun or see the great universe,” said Steve Clarke, Deputy Associate Administrator for Science Research. Directorate of the NASA headquarters in Washington.
“In terms of technology, we are interested in the instruments or systems that will help future missions – both human and robotic – explore the moon and feed for future Mars missions.”
On early assignments, scientific instruments will likely gather data related to heat flow within the moon’s interior, solar wind and atmosphere, as well as dust detection. Lander payload can also carry out technology demonstrations using the Moon as a testing technique for Mars.
“The strategy is that these early missions will help us prepare for more complex future missions such as searching for useful resources, building a seismic network to understand the inner structure of the moon and study moon moon algae and chemistry to understand the origin of the moon” said Clarke. “NASA also looks forward to supporting US industry efforts to provide more commercial prospecting services for multiple customers, including NASA.”
The Agency requests that payload be ready for delivery and integration in moon scooters by December 2021. In most cases, payload will be delivered on-site and remain under the main investigator’s control until selected for a particular flight.
The talk of payroll falls under the funding program for Space and Earth Sciences Research (ROSES) and calls for proposals to the Rector for research-based science and technology research. The original draft deadline is 19 November 2018.
The United States has not milked on the moon since Apollo 17, 1972. The Moon has scientific value and the potential to provide resources, such as water and oxygen, relative
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