Elon Musk’s SpaceX wins a $ 2.9 billion NASA contract to send people to the moon in Science & Tech News
Elon Musk’s private space company SpaceX has won a $ 2.9 billion (£ 2.1 billion) NASA contract to build a spacecraft to bring people to the moon.
The tech billionaire Company was selected before Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin and Defense Company Dynetics Inc.
Steve Jurczyk, NASAs The acting administrator said on a videoconference: “We should make the next landing as soon as possible. This is an incredible time to be involved in human exploration for all of humanity.”
SpaceX must complete a test flight “to fully check all systems with a landing on the lunar surface prior to our official demonstration mission,” NASA official Lisa Watson-Morgan told reporters.
Mr Musk is one of the richest people in the world thanks to his 22% stake in the electric car maker Tesla, today the most valuable vehicle manufacturer in the world.
Its publicly stated goal is to attract people Mars – So far, however, SpaceX has mainly been used to launch satellites for its Starlink internet company, as well as other satellites and space cargo.
The SpaceX program has experienced significant start-up problems another failed landing for his prototype spaceship spaceship last month.
The previous three exploded on touchdown or shortly thereafter.
Those setbacks don’t seem to have hurt investor confidence in its plans, however, as SpaceX said Wednesday it had raised around $ 1.16 billion (£ 838 million) in equity funding.
NASA plans to return to the moon and use it as a platform to send astronauts to Mars. She wants to partner with private companies that share her vision of space exploration.
In December, NASA announced 18 astronauts who could be involved in plans to return to the moon by 2024.
It’s a setback for Mr. Bezos, a lifelong space enthusiast and one of the richest people in the world who is more focused on his space business after he decided to step down as CEO of Amazon.
The NASA deal was seen as an opportunity for Blue Origin to establish itself as a desired partner for NASA and put the company on its way to making a profit.