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#219 - NASA quer propostas de cargas científicas para a Lua

A NASA publicou nesta quinta-feira (18/10) o texto final do programa Lunar Surface Instrument and Technology Payloads (LSITP). Trata-se de uma solicitação de propostas de cargas a serem levadas à superfície Lua pelos futuros serviços de transporte - Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) - também em fase de licitação pela agência.

EP #216 (17/10):
Charyl Warner (NASA): NASA is returning to the Moon with commercial and international partners as part of an overall agency Exploration Campaign in support of Space Policy Directive 1.
It all starts with robotic missions on the lunar surface, as well as a Gateway for astronauts in space beyond the Moon followed by human missions to the surface.
Right now, NASA is preparing to purchase small lunar payload delivery services, advance development of lunar landers for human missions, and conduct more research on the Moon’s surface ahead of a human return. 

Na presente licitação, diz a NASA, a solicitação se refere a cargas que não requeiram desenvolvimento adicional significativo e que enderecem as áreas: Planetária, Ciência da Terra, Heliofísica e Astrofísica.

Algo entre $24 MM e $36 MM USD serão disponibilizados para a primeira rodada das cargas com a expectativa de que 8-12 propostas sejam selecionadas.

Nesta primeira fase (até dez/21, vide cronograma de referência abaixo) o foco será a utilização de pequenos pousadores capazes de entregar no mínimo 10 kg na superfície da Lua.

Concepção artística do pousador. Crédito: ispace


Program Overview:
This call is specifically geared towards small payloads that can be ready quickly in order to meet the immediate need for payloads for early CLPS flights.
We are interested in flight spares, engineering models, modified off-the-shelf payloads, student hardware or any other hardware that can credibly meet the aggressive timeline outlined below.
Future calls for lunar payloads will occur at regular intervals for later missions. We anticipate that the next call will be released in approximately one year.

A NASA trabalha com o seguinte cronograma de referência:

  • Payload Delivery to Commercial Lander Provider: March, 2020-Dec, 2021
  • Payload Integration Complete: Delivery + 3 months
  • Lunar Lander Launch Date: Delivery + 5 months
  • Lunar Lander Achieves Lunar Orbit: Launch + 15 days
  • Lunar Surface Touchdown (LST): Launch + 30 days
  • Lunar Surface Mission Complete: LST + 7 days
  • Data delivered to PDS: End of Mission + 6 months 



São Paulo, 19 de outubro de 2018