NASA is offering grants to private companies looking to develop and build new space stations.
The US aviation agency is offering funds around US $ 400 million, or Rp 5.7 trillion, for up to four companies. Funding will be provided under the LEO Target Commercial (CLD) project.
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NASA wants to mimic the success of the Commercial Cargo and Commercial Team program through the CLD project. NASA estimates that the Commercial Cargo and Commercial Crew program could save between $ 20 billion and $ 30 billion in budget.
Payment of these funds will be awarded to selected private companies wishing to start the development of space stations from the 4th quarter of 2021.
Phil McAllister, director of NASA LEO, looks at three main activities, including cargo transportation in low earth orbit, crew transportation and destinations.
Private companies already handle cargo and crew shipping, and now NASA is asking them to overcome their destination.
“If NASA owns full ownership of these three activities, human desires in low Earth orbit will always be limited by NASA’s budget,” Slashgear reported on Tuesday, 6/4/2021.