Two big items in the news today.
NASA NEWS RELEASE:
NASA was notified Thursday that the U.S. Court of Federal Claims denied Blue Origin’s bid protest, upholding NASA’s selection of SpaceX to develop and demonstrate a modern human lunar lander. NASA will resume work with SpaceX under the Option A contract as soon as possible.
In addition to this contract, NASA continues working with multiple American companies to bolster competition and commercial readiness for crewed transportation to the lunar surface. There will be forthcoming opportunities for companies to partner with NASA in establishing a long-term human presence at the Moon under the agency’s Artemis program, including a call in 2022 to U.S. industry for recurring crewed lunar landing services.Bottom line is that NASA can get back to work with SpaceX on building a spacecraft to land astronauts on the Moon.
The second big item today was the release of the 2020 Decadal Survey for US Astronomy. It is the 600+ page proposed plan for U.S. Astronomy efforts for the next ten years and lays out space and ground based telescopes as well as efforts to improve the human side of the field as well.
Only time will tell what gets FUNDED in these two big US space endeavors......remember that old saying from the movie "The Right Stuff" - "No bucks, no Buck Rogers".
Sky Guy in VA
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