In a move to bolster its efforts towards future space missions, NASA has decided to team up with over a dozen companies to develop a range of new technologies that will go a long way in smoothening space travel. These include SpaceX, Lockheed Martin as well as Blue Origin.
SpaceX, founded by the iconic Elon Musk will work on a system that will safely circulate fuel in and around the spacecraft while it is in orbit. Additionally, it would also develop vertical landing capabilities for its heavier rockets to land safely on the lunar surface.
Blue Origin, founded by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is to develop a navigational system for spacecraft to find safer and convenient locations for landing on the moon. Moreover, it is also building its one-of-a-kind Blue Moon Lander, as well as a rover to navigate the harsh lunar terrain. The lander would be equipped with fuel cells and gigabyte transmission capabilities to transfer data back to earth.
Lockheed Martin, one of the top contractors for military and space tech would be involved in developing space-grade materials to enable spacecraft to deal with the harsh environments in outer space. In addition to that, Lockheed Martin would also work on developing techniques for growing crops in space, which is important for any sustainable long-term lunar colonization missions.
In addition to these three corporations, other contractors will be involved in developing a slew of other technologies that will help in manned missions to moon and Mars.