NASA Chief Personally Ordered Safety Review of SpaceX, Boeing

NASA Chief Personally Ordered Safety Review of SpaceX, Boeing

Kenneth Drake
December 1, 2018

NASA announced Thursday that it had selected nine companies that will compete for billions of dollars in contracts to take small payloads for the agency to the surface of the moon.

'I think that it is possible we can have a presence on the moon with humans within a decade, ' said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.

NASA has big plans to go back to the moon, and it wants private companies to help them get there. The company has previously worked with NASA to develop Moon commercial cargo transporation capabilities and was the first private company authorized by the USA government to land on the Moon.

It is worth noting that on 26 November the spacecraft Mars InSight landing on Mars.

These Commercial Lunar Payload Services contracts are initial steps toward continuous sustainable scientific study and human exploration on the moon, eventually Mars, and beyond.

The Commercial Crew Program, developed under President Barack Obama, will pay companies to transport human crews. The Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) has its first official partners.

Using commercial services, NASA will be able to "accelerate a robotic return to the moon, with upcoming missions targeted for two to three years earlier than previously planned". "Were there people that were raising a red flag that we didn't listen to, and ultimately did that culture contribute to the failure and, in those cases, to disaster?" he said.

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Orbit Beyond, a spacecraft company, is expected to fly its spacecraft to the Moon by 2020.

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NASA's contracts with SpaceX and Boeing, both issued in 2013, require the contractors to "maintain a program for achieving a drug-and alcohol-free workforce".

What? Is NASA going to the moon?

Characterizing the US race to the moon "a fledgling industry", he said NASA will rely heavily on the private companies' research and will be affordable.

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration announced Thursday that Draper and eight other USA companies, ranging from tiny startups to defense giant Lockheed Martin, will compete for $2.6 billion in NASA contracts. The missions enable important technology demonstrations that will inform the development of future landers and other exploration systems needed for humans to return to the lunar surface, NASA said.