BROWNSVILLE, Texas – NASA has named SpaceX of Hawthorne, California as one of three U.S. companies selected to design and build spacecrafts capable of landing humans on the moon for the agency’s Artemis program.
A press release from the Office of U.S. Representative Filemon Vela said it is exciting news to South Texas. As SpaceX is constructing its human landing system, the Starship, at Boca Chica Beach near Brownsville.
The other two companies selected by NASA for the Artemis program are Blue Origin of Kent, Washington, and Dynetics of Huntsville, Alabama. One of these three companies will ultimately carry out the Artemis moon mission, which will bring the first woman and next man to the moon by 2024.
The release also said the total combined value for the three awarded contracts is $967 million for a 10-month base period. Funding was allocated under the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP-2) Appendix H Broad Agency Announcement (BAA).
“NASA’s selection of SpaceX for the development of human landing systems is great news for the South Texas economy,” said Congressman Filemon Vela. “This program will create local jobs as well as increase educational opportunities for students, scientists and researchers. I am committed to supporting SpaceX and fellow community leaders as we move forward with this exciting and transformative project.” said the congressman’s press release.
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