The agency is preparing to build a sustainable lunar base, in addition to which it is preparing to carry out a manned mission to Mars. There are 14 names on the list, including some familiar names like SpaceX and Lockheed Martin, but there are also much smaller American companies. < tip > > NASA has submitted a total of $370 million for its fifth competitive program. The agency said the awarded contract will last for five years, and the space technology mission Council will negotiate according to the project evaluation milestone and the final fixed price contract. < / P > < p > most of the projects to be funded will focus on cryogenic fluid management technology. Specifically, they will be used to test different methods by which supercooled liquids such as hydrogen and oxygen can be stored for a long time and transferred from one container to another. < / P > < p > NAA has indicated that it hopes to extract frozen water at the poles of the moon and chemically separate it for use as propellant, but to achieve this goal successfully, it also needs to be able to store the water and then transfer it to rockets and other spacecraft. At the same time, if the idea of mining doesn’t work, those operating on the moon base will need ways to safely and easily store propulsion chemicals brought from earth. < / P > < p > companies such as ETA space, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and ula will all conduct space demonstrations to demonstrate their strategies. Of the 14 companies, 10 have chosen to demonstrate different ways to allocate resources in place, including generating and storing energy on the surface of the moon, as well as different communication methods. < / P > < p > however, there will be more unusual projects. For example, innovative machines has received $41.6 million for the development of small deployable funnel landers. It can carry a 2.2-pound payload for 1.5 miles, jump between craters and record images of the moon as it moves. < / P > < p > meanwhile, alpha space has $22.1 million for the construction of the lunar assessment facility. It can be used in improvised experiments, such as figuring out how space affects different materials and electronic devices. < / P > < p > Masten space systems won two proposals. One of them will show how the lander can be equipped with hazard avoidance technology for precise landing. < / P > < p > “this is NASA’s most selected tipping point proposal and the largest collective reward value so far,” said Jim Reuter, NASA’s deputy director of space technology today. “We are pleased to see that our investment and partnership have brought new technologies to the moon and other areas, while benefiting the commercial sector.” SpaceX beat blue origin and Northrop Grumman to win a $316 million air force contract

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