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    Default NASA: Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS)

    COTS for the Moon, it apprears the balloon has gone up.

    There are several small lunar landers getting ready to fly, but Blue Origin's Blue Moon lander is said to be good for 4 metric tons of cargo and SpaceX's BFS spaceship will be a flipping monster.

    Contracts amounts from $25k to $2.5 billion.

    https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportun...s&tabmode=list

    Solicitation Number: 80HQTR18R0011R
    Notice Type: Presolicitation
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    The purpose of this requirement is to acquire end-to-end payload services between the Earth and lunar surface for NASA Headquarters' Science, Human Exploration and Operations and Science Technolgy Mission Directorates. The contractors shall provide all activities necessary to safely intergrate, accomodate, transport, and operate NASA Payloads using contractor provide assets, including launch vehicles, lunar lander spacecraft, lunar surface systems, Earth re-entry vehicles and associated resources.

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    The CLPS timeline puts commercial human lander unmanned tests in the 2024-2025 time frame.

    SpaceX may well beat this with a Starship test.

    https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-se...onauts-on-moon

    NASA Seeks US Partners to Develop Reusable Systems to Land Astronauts on Moon

    As the next major step to return astronauts to the Moon under Space Policy Directive-1, NASA announced plans on Dec. 13 to work with American companies to design and develop new reusable systems for astronauts to land on the lunar surface. The agency is planning to test new human-class landers on the Moon beginning in 2024, with the goal of sending crew to the surface in 2028.

    Through multi-phased lunar exploration partnerships, NASA is asking American companies to study the best approach to landing astronauts on the Moon and start the development as quickly as possible with current and future anticipated technologies.
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