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NASA engages three companies to develop a Moon vehicle for Artemis astronauts



The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has employed the services of three companies to develop a Moon vehicle for Artemis astronauts for their lunar operations.

The three companies—identified as Intuitive Machines, Lunar Outpost, and Venturi Astrolab—are vying for task orders that might total as much as $4.6 billion over the course of the next thirteen years.

NASA contacted the three businesses because their plan to investigate the southern polar area of the Moon requires an astronaut vehicle that can function independently in between missions.

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“We will use the LTV to travel to locations we might not otherwise be able to reach on foot, increasing our ability to explore and make new scientific discoveries,” said Jacob Bleacher, chief exploration scientist in the Exploration Systems Development Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters in Washington.

“With the Artemis crewed missions, and during remote operations when there is not a crew on the surface, we are enabling science and discovery on the Moon year-round”, he added.

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