NASA Selects Companies for Further Lunar Demonstrations Data

WASHINGTON -- NASA has issued delivery orders to three companies as part of its Innovative Lunar Demonstrations Data (ILDD) project. Each order is worth $500,000 and will help develop vehicle capabilities and demonstrate end-to-end robotic lunar landing missions.

The three companies selected are:

-- Astrobotic Technology Inc., Pittsburgh
-- Dynetics Inc., Huntsville, Ala.
-- Moon Express Inc., San Francisco

These companies are among six that received ILDD contract awards in
October. After issuing the ILDD Broad Agency Announcement, NASA
awarded six firm-fixed price, indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity
contracts, with a potential total value for all awarded contracts of
up to $30.1 million during a period of up to five years.

After those awards, each ILDD contractor submitted System Definition
Review (SDR) packages, in which they identified their top risks. NASA
invited the ILDD contractors in November to propose task plans for
the delivery of data associated with a critical component
demonstration test that addresses one or more of the SDR risk items.
In response to the delivery orders NASA is now issuing, each of the
three selected companies is expected to provide data capturing these results.

The ILDD contracts also provide for issuing subsequent delivery orders
that will specify data associated with system testing and
integration, launch, in-space maneuvers, braking burns, lunar landing
and other enhanced capabilities. Knowledge acquired from this data
will be applied to the development of lander systems necessary to
execute human and robotic missions to the moon, near-Earth asteroids
or other solar system destinations. The data also will contribute to
NASA's efforts to enable affordable and sustainable space exploration.

The ILDD contracts are being managed by the Exploration Missions and
Systems Office at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Source: NASA

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