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    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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    NASA CLPS commercial lunar landers, and one is huge...



    https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/n...rtemis-program

    New Companies Join Growing Ranks of NASA Partners for Artemis Program

    NASA has added five American companies to the pool of vendors that will be eligible to bid on proposals to provide deliveries to the surface of the Moon through the agencys Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.

    The additions, which increase the list of CLPS participants on contract to 14, expand NASAs work with U.S. industry to build a strong marketplace to deliver payloads between Earth and the Moon and broaden the network of partnerships that will enable the first woman and next man to set foot on the Moon by 2024 as part of the agencys Artemis program.

    American aerospace companies of all sizes are joining the Artemis program, said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine. Expanding the group of companies who are eligible to bid on sending payloads to the Moons surface drives innovation and reduces costs to NASA and American taxpayers. We anticipate opportunities to deliver a wide range of science and technology payloads to help make our vision for lunar exploration a reality and advance our goal of sending humans to explore Mars.

    The selected companies are:

    * Blue Origin, Kent, Washington



    * Ceres Robotics, Palo Alto, California



    * Sierra Nevada Corporation, Louisville, Colorado



    * Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc., Irvine, California



    * SpaceX, Hawthorne, California


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