NASA has picked space technology company Maxar Technologies as the first contractor to help build its Gateway platform in lunar orbit, a crucial outpost for America’s mission to relay astronauts to the moon in 2024.
NASA said in a news release the firm-fixed price award carries a maximum total value of $375 million.
Maxar Technologies, formerly SSL, will develop power, propulsion and communications components for the lunar mobile command and service module.
The power and propulsion element is a 50-kilowatt solar electric propulsion spacecraft, three times more powerful than current capabilities, NASA said.
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