The providers will compete on cost and innovation so NASA can accomplish more than ever, he said.
"We're trying to very quickly develop an American capability to deliver small payloads to the surface of the moon and then grow from there", Bridenstine said during the announcement.
The space agency announced that it had selected nine USA companies to develop technologies for lunar deliveries launched from Earth. "This is also the first step toward the Moon in relation to Space Policy Directive-1".
After the September 6 incident, Bridenstine said he "had a number of conversations" with the SpaceX founder and believes "you won't be seeing that again". Those involved with CLPS underlined the spirit of cooperation required for complex programs such as this one to be successful.
Scientist-Astronaut Harrison H. Schmitt is photographed working beside a huge boulder at Station 6 during the third Apollo 17 extravehicular activity at the Taurus-Littrow lunar landing site, December 13, 1972. "This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprints - we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars, and perhaps someday, worlds beyond".
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NASA has not given any specifics for the bidding process, other than to say it will "look at a number of factors when comparing the bids, such as technical feasibility, price and schedule". No money was awarded Thursday.
Private companies - instead of NASA - will lead the race back to the moon, with launch target dates set for 2019 - the 50 anniversary of the first manned moon landing. The lander is based on designs for Martian landers the company produced for NASA, including the InSight lander that touched down on Mars Nov. 26.
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A company with a research and development office in Ukraine is among a group of nine firms US space agency NASA said on November 29 can take part in tenders to help send missions to the Moon, including manned missions.
The CLPS programme, which is operated by Nasa's science mission directorate, is meant to buy end-to-end payload services between Earth and the lunar surface using fixed priced contracts. Astrobotic, Moon Express, Masten Space Systems, Deep Space Systems, Draper, Firefly Aerospace, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond have all been picked to provide services to NASA on future lunar missions. The new space station would orbit the moon.
NASA already is utilizing the private sector on a commercial basis.