NASA awards $146 million for human moon lander development

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NASA is awarding a total of $146 million to five American companies to support the development of crewed moon landers, agency officials announced Tuesday (Sept. 14).

The fixed-price, milestone-based contracts, awarded via NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program, will fund work over the next 15 months. The companies getting money are:

  • Blue Origin Federation of Kent, Washington, $25.6 million;
  • Dynetics (a Leidos company) of Huntsville, Alabama, $40.8 million;
  • Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colorado, $35.2 million;
  • Northrop Grumman of Dulles, Virginia, $34.8 million;
  • SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, $9.4 million.


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