Eleven companies were  selected for their technologies supporting lunar exploration

Scarlett Evans, Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

July 27, 2023

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The awards were announced as part of NASA's Tipping Point program
NASA

NASA has awarded $150 million in funding to 11 companies for their technologies supporting space exploration.

Companies selected include Astrobotic, Lockheed Martin and Varda Space, with technologies ranging from lunar surface power systems to tools for in-space 3D printing. 

The companies were selected for their offerings’ capabilities to support “sustained human presence” on the moon, as well as to support other NASA, government, and commercial missions.  

"Partnering with the commercial space industry lets us at NASA harness the strength of American innovation and ingenuity," said Bill Nelson, NASA Administrator. "The technologies that NASA is investing in today have the potential to be the foundation of future exploration."

The awards were announced as part of the agency’s Tipping Point program, established to “push crucial technologies over the finish line,” according to Prasun Desai, acting associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.

"Our partnerships with industry could be a cornerstone of humanity's return to the Moon under Artemis," said Desai. 

Five of the 11 selected technologies are designed to help lunar exploration, such as Astrobotic’s lunar power transmission network, LunaGrid-Lite and Blue Origin’s tech to use lunar materials to create solar cells and other energy-generating tools.  

The remaining six projects will help “create new capabilities in other areas of space exploration and Earth observation.” These include Freedom Photonics’ novel lidar system to detect methane in the Earth’s atmosphere and improve scientists’ understanding of climate change.

About the Author(s)

Scarlett Evans

Assistant Editor, IoT World Today

Scarlett Evans is the assistant editor for IoT World Today, with a particular focus on robotics and smart city technologies. Scarlett has previous experience in minerals and resources with Mine Australia, Mine Technology and Power Technology. She joined Informa in April 2022.

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