NASA awarded a contract to Draper to send three science instruments to the far side of the moon through a commercial payload delivery program.
Agile Space Industries, a Durango, Colorado company focused on in-space chemical propulsion, is additively manufacturing thrusters for robotic lunar landers being built by Astrobotic Technology, ispace and Masten Space Systems.
NASA has awarded more than $400 million in contracts to both demonstrate technologies needed for future lunar exploration and to send an ice-drilling payload to the south pole of the moon.
NASA has picked nine companies, ranging from startups to aerospace giants, to be eligible for future contracts to deliver payloads to the surface of the moon, but with no guarantee of business for any of them.
Two entrepreneurial space companies best known for their work on suborbital reusable launch vehicles say they are in the early stages of development of orbital launch systems.