NASA is seeking payload delivery services from its pool of industry partners to bring scientific research and technology demonstration efforts on the non-polar lunar region sometime in 2022 as part of the Artemis moon mission.
The agency said Tuesday it is accepting bids from 14 companies participating in the Commercial Lunar Payload Services program.
The payload delivery effort will serve as the sixth lunar surface task award under the CLPS initiative and covers a range of instrumentation with a total weight of around 200 pounds.
Technologies and experiments covered by the CLPS initiative include lunar retroreflectors, subsurface thermal exploration, an electromagnetic dust shield, heliospheric X-ray imaging and lunar plume surface studies.
NASA intends to select a contractor by the end of 2020.