India to Make America’s First Private Moon Lander

After the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) outsourced production of its space vehicles, India is all set to make America’s first private moon lander. NASA is set to spend over $250 million hiring private companies to transport scientific missions to the moon.

Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond have been awarded contracts for missions into 2021. Orbit Beyond has the earliest target date for its mission, in September 2020. Orbit Beyond is unique among the nine other participants in NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program in that it is a consortium. The design and construction of its lander will be performed by TeamIndus, an Indian company. 

India will launch its first moon lander, Chandrayaan-2, in July 2019.

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