Nasa partnership companies
Nine U.S. companies now are eligible to bid on NASA delivery services to the lunar surface through Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) contracts, as one of the first steps toward long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and eventually Mars.
Astrobotic Technology is an American privately held company that is developing space robotics technology for planetary missions. It was founded in 2008 by Carnegie Mellon professor Red Whittaker and his associates, with the goal of winning the Google Lunar X Prize. The company is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.In 2012, the company signed collaborations with Carnegie Mellon University, International Rectifier, Ansys, AGI, Alcoa, and Caterpillar, in 2015 it started a collaboration with the German Aerospace Center (DLR),and in June 2016 it signed a collaboration agreement with Airbus Defence and Space and with DHL.
2.Deep Space Systems Inc.
DSS is a dynamic young company of aerospace engineering professionals. Incorporated in 2001, DSS is an award-winning woman-owned small business with a reputation for innovation recognized by NASA and Johnson Space Center as their small business subcontractor of the year in 2009. Our primary expertise is in the design, development, integration, test, launch and operation of human and robotic exploration spacecraft. Deep Space Systems hardware development efforts include the engineering camera system for the Orion Multipurpose Crew Vehicle.
Draper Laboratory is an American not-for-profit research and development organization, headquartered in Cambridge, Massachusetts; its official name is “The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc”. The laboratory specializes in the design, development, and deployment of advanced technology solutions to problems in national security, space exploration, health care and energy.
The laboratory was founded in 1932 by Charles Stark Draper at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to develop aeronautical instrumentation, and came to be called the “MIT Instrumentation Laboratory”.It was renamed for its founder in 1970 and separated from MIT in 1973 to become an independent, non-profit organization.
Firefly Aerospace is a private aerospace firm based in Austin, Texas, that is developing small and medium-sized launch vehiclesfor commercial launches to orbit. They are proponents of NewSpace: a movement in the aerospace industry whose objective is to increase access to space through innovative technical advances resulting in a reduction of launch cost and the lessening of regulations and logistical restrictions associated with dependence on national space institutions.
The company was formed when former Firefly Space Systems assets were acquired by EOS Launcher in March 2017, which was then renamed Firefly Aerospace. Firefly Aerospace is wholly owned by Noosphere Ventures the strategic venture arm of Noosphere Global.
5.Intuitive Machines, LLC: Houston
The engineering solutions at the unimagined intersections between energy, medicine and aerospace. By leveraging state-of-the-art engineering tools and practices, integrated with current research and advanced technologies we arrive at original outcomes. It improve on the equivalent of machine nervous systems, brain control functions, and sensory perception; from sensing and analyzing the world around them to autonomously controlling their movements and interactions. We connect machines to humans through smart data display and control interfaces making both operator action and machine performance more intuitive. As a engineering design and development think tank, we provide products and solutions that employ a “flight proven” lean engineering development model. Our rapid iterative design-build-test capability significantly lowers development costs, and shortens the development cycle, while increasing the probability of success of any project.
6.Lockheed Martin Space: Littleton, Colorado
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. This year we received three Edison Awards for ground-breaking innovations in autonomy, satellite technology and directed energy.
7.Masten Space Systems, Inc.: Mojave, California
Masten Space Systems is an aerospace manufacturer startup company in Mojave, California (formerly Santa Clara, California) that is developing a line of vertical takeoff, vertical landing (VTVL) rockets, initially for unmanned research sub-orbital spaceflights and eventually intended to support unmanned orbital spaceflight launches.
8.Moon Express: Cape Canaveral, Florida
Moon Express (MoonEx), is an American privately held early-stage company formed by a group of Silicon Valley and spaceentrepreneurs, with the goal winning the Google Lunar X Prize, and of ultimately mining the Moon for natural resources of economic value.
9.Orbit Beyond: Edison, New Jersey
Orbit Beyond, Inc., usually stylized as ORBITBeyond, is a new lunar transportation company in the cislunar market, aiming to bring online lunar transportation services. Its products include configurable delivery lunar landers with a mass up to 500 kg, and rovers.The company would contract for private rocket launch services.