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Greg Williams: NASA Seeks Commercial Partners to Design Lunar Payload Landing Tech

LADEENASANASA is looking for industry partners for a technology development project that the agency wants to support future cargo delivery or manned space missions to the moon.

The Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program’s goal is to further build rockets and other space vehicles that could potentially land small to medium payloads on the lunar surface, NASA said Thursday.

“Our strategic investments in the innovations of our commercial partners have brought about successful commercial resupply of the International Space Station, to be followed in the coming years by commercial crew,” said Greg Williams, deputy associate administrator for NASA’s exploration and operations mission directorate.

A teleconference has been scheduled for Jan. 27, when NASA plans to discuss the effort with interested companies.

The agency will accept industry proposals until March 17 and also wants to facilitate space-based geophysical network deployments, sample returns, technology demonstrations and resource prospecting activities.

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