Within the next 3 Years, SpaceX will have its huge Mars-colonizing Starship vehicle making its first-ever extraterrestrial touchdown. The company is one of the five companies that have been given the chance to deliver robotic payloads to the Moon for NASA as a part of the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program. Starship and Super Heavy are SpaceX’s idea to introduce reusable spaceship rockets to help humans become a multiplanet species. Moon will have Starship loading a lot of NASA’s payloads in the coming days. By 2022, the Starship will have its foot set on the lunar surface. SpaceX is not certain about the CLPS mission whether it will fly this year or any time soon. For now, it is focusing on delivering NASA’s cargo. There are around a few companies that have been given the Moon contract.
Starship will be flying a variety of things for the customers under the CLPS banner. It will be carrying 110 Tons on each trip. According to NASA, the Artemis program could be made possible by CLPS. NASA plans to send a male and female astronaut to the Moon by 2024 and plan for a long stay until 2028. The spacecraft will be delivering hardware and experiments such as water-ice-mapping “Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover (VIPER)” of NASA. For saving money, NASA planned to buy a seat on the craft rather than building a new lander. After a couple of uncrewed efforts, SpaceX will have people boarding the spacecraft. Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has already booked a seat on the Starship mission that will take flight by 2023. The prototype Starship Mk1 has already been launched and is expected to take an uncrewed flight in the next few months.
Similarly, NASA just like SpaceX had selected few more companies including California-based Ceres Robotics & Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems Inc.; Washington-based Blue Origin; and Sierra Nevada Corp. of Colorado. These four companies are believed to help NASA load cargo and also travel humans to the lunar surface in the next few years. By July 2021, the other eligible companies like Astrobotic and Intuitive Machines will be transferring payloads to the lunar surface. The companies have to build a prototype version and submit their studies by November 8, 2019.
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