While there isn't much in NASA's plans beyond its current lunar gateway, the agency did say the missions would inform the development of technology to return humans to the lunar surface and on to Mars. "The innovation of America's aerospace companies, wedded with our big goals in science and human exploration, are going to help us achieve fantastic things on the Moon and feed forward to Mars", Bridenstine said. SpaceX and Northrop Grumman, formerly Orbital ATK, have built space station shipments since 2012.
It's also unknown what NASA would do if SpaceX launches its first unmanned missions to Mars with BFR in 2022, followed by the first crewed missions to the red planet in 2024.
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Specifically, Zurbuchen said expectations should not exceed 50 percent.
We want them to be successful. What that tells us is, science and human exploration go together.
In a presentation about the lunar programme, Russian news agency RIA Novosti cited Yevgeny Mikrin, Russia's chief designer of manned space programmes, as saying that construction of the moon colony could begin late in 2025, as per a report in the Moscow Times.
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Emerging from the briefing, Pompeo said the vote would be "poorly timed" as diplomatic efforts to end the conflict are underway. A Saudi-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen. "They said they are going to brief me, and I said appreciate it".
However, according to NASA's plans, by 2040, the United States space agency would already have put humans on Mars, so Russian Federation is falling behind, to some extent.
NASA's contracts with SpaceX and Boeing, both issued in 2013, require the contractors to "maintain a program for achieving a drug-and alcohol-free workforce". Those involved with CLPS underlined the spirit of cooperation required for complex programs such as this one to be successful.
The relatively small and affordable payloads delivered via the CLPS program would be followed by more traditional medium- and large-class missions, Bridenstine said, including an eventual crewed mission to the Moon.
The announcement on future moon flights came just three days after NASA successfully landed its InSight spacecraft on Mars.
He said the organization was struggling with financial burdens but there was a clear five-year plan that would lead to a new age of space technology. "We know we need that kind of BFR - and whatever evolves from New Glenn - heavy-lift capability if we're going to do human exploration of the solar system". These companies will be developing small launch vehicles and robotic rovers over the next 10 years. The first could fly as early as next year, and NASA hopes to send two payloads every year for the next 10 years.