NASA is planning another mission to Moon, named Artemis that aims to land the first women on the astronomical body. Helping NASA will be some 13 space agencies that include Amazon and Tesla CEOs, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk, respectively. Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Elon Musk’s SpaceX will help land humans on Moon by 2024. And if all goes well, they could also helo in exploring the Red Planet.
Small businesses and large aerospace organizations will partner with NASA. They will provide hardware and software at no cost and of course, expertise.
NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) associate administrator, Jim Reuter, said, “We’ve identified technology areas NASA needs for future missions, and these public-private partnerships will accelerate their development so we can implement them faster.”
Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin will work with NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston in Florida for a navigation and guidance system. It will be used for safe and precise landings on various locations on Moon. will also work with Glenn and Johnson to create a fuel cell power system for the company’s Blue Moon lander. Elon Musk’s SpaceX will work with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to look into making the landing of large rockets on Moon smoother. It will also partner with Glenn and Marshall to work on A technology to transfer propellant in orbit.
NASA said, “Blue Origin, Marshall and Langley will evaluate and mature high-temperature materials for liquid rocket engine nozzles that could be used on lunar landers.”
The Artemis could cost about $30 billion, which is approximately the same cost as the Apollo 11 spaceflight, also considering the inflation.