NASA have picked 13 companies to conduct studies regarding the future of a commercial manned presence in low-Earth orbit.

The US-space agency has set a deadline for the completion of the studies by December 2018 and have set a price cap of no more than $1m each. The studies are part of NASA’s initiative to commercialise low-Earth orbit operations by 2025, which will free up resources for the space agency to further its deep space exploration mission and will include a return to the Moon and then look further, travelling to near-Earth asteroids and Mars.

The companies chosen by NASA to take part in this study include Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and Blue Origin, a space venture set up by Amazon-owner Jeff Bezos.

News Team
9 August 2018