NASA chose partners for the flight to Mars. About this newspaper writes The Verge.
Agency carried out sampling and stopped for 6 companies, which are within NeXTstep program will take on the responsibility for the creation of new prototypes inhabited buildings for life on the Red Planet explorers.
Among the companions companies Lockheed Martin (the Denver), Sierra Nevada Corporation's Space Systems (Louisville), Aerospace (Las Vegas), Boeing (Pasadena), Orbital ATK (Dallas) and NanoRacks (Webster). They have 2 years to present their development.
Partnership conditions invention include businesses residential modules, communication infrastructure and propulsion systems. In general, the need to ensure the program of $ 65 million. Company partners are required to pay yourself at least 30% of the costs, which will be used to create a ground-based prototyping modules.
NASA hopes to carry out the flight to Mars in 2030. To do this, employees are already developing extra heavy rocket SLS (Space Launch System) and manned spacecraft Orion.
As Ukrainian News reported, earlier NASA planned for December 2021 launch of the device for taking a sample from the asteroid and its transportation to the moon.