WASHINGTON — NASA has updated a planned call for proposals for lunar landers to enable a human mission in 2024, broadening the scope to include integrated lander concepts.
In a procurement filing issued late April 26, NASA updated an earlier notice published April 8 that announced plans to solicit proposals for an ascent stage for a human-rated lunar lander. Instead, the upcoming procurement will seek proposals for “a complete integrated lander” that includes an ascent module as well as a descent module and transfer stage.
A formal call for proposals, part of NASA’s Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships, or NextSTEP, program and formally known as Appendix H, has yet to be released by the agency. NASA said on the NextSTEP website that it anticipates issuing that solicitation by the end of May, and will include both studies as well as options for vehicle development.
“NASA will seek proposals from U.S. industry for the development, integration, and crewed demonstration of these elements as a functional human landing system that can fulfill NASA and industry requirements,” including landing people on the moon by 2024, the agency stated.
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