NASA has asked industry to propose platforms that will work to deliver science and technology payloads to the moon's surface as part of the on-ramping process for the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program.
The agency said Wednesday it seeks small- and mid-size lunar landers that can transport power sources, rovers, science experiments and other technology demonstration payloads during the Artemis lunar mission.
Delivery task orders under the CLPS contract vehicle have a cumulative value of $2.6B and are scheduled to run through 2028.
“As we enable broader opportunities for commercial providers through CLPS, we’re enlarging our capabilities to do novel measurements and technology development scientists have long wanted to do at the Moon," said Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for NASA's science mission directorate.
Interested vendors have until Aug. 29 to submit their proposals, according to a FedBizOpps notice.
The on-ramping process for the CLPS program came eight months after NASA awarded nine companies spots on the indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract.