- Parabolic Arc
- September 29, 2023
Blue Origin in the Hunt for NASA Lunar Landing Contract
Blue Origin has formed a team of aerospace heavyweights to bid for a new NASA contract to land astronauts on the moon.
“The National Team of Blue Origin, Lockheed Martin, Draper, Boeing, Astrobotic, and Honeybee Robotics is competing for a NASA Sustaining Lunar Development contract to develop a human landing system for the Artemis program. In partnership with NASA, this team will achieve sustained presence on the Moon,” the company said on its website.
NASA awarded a $2.9 billion contract to SpaceX last year for the initial crewed landings at the lunar south pole. Elon Musk’s company will use a variation of its Starship vehicle. Blue Origin’s National Team and Dynetics were unsuccessful bidders for that contract.
NASA, which wants redundancy in its Artemis lunar program, opened up bidding for a new round of landings. Proposals were due to NASA on Tuesday. The space agency is expected to make a decision next June.