NASA is continuing America’s journey of discovery by developing space technologies and building the next-generation rocket, spacecraft, landers, and ground systems operations to facilitate missions into deep space—beyond the Moon and eventually to Mars.
- Orion is the first spacecraft in history capable of carrying humans on long-duration missions in deep space. NASA’s prime contractor for Orion is Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company.
- The Space Launch System (SLS) is the rocket capable of launching humans, habitats, and support systems directly into deep space. It is designed to be both powerful and flexible for a crew, cargo, or science missions. NASA’s prime contractors for SLS include Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, and Northrop Grumman.
- Exploration Ground Systems (EGS) is adapting existing infrastructure and facilities to modernize NASA’s lunar spaceport at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, capable of launching spacecraft built and designed by both NASA and private industry. NASA’s prime contractor for EGS is Jacobs.
NASA Prime Contractors Aerojet Rocketdyne, Boeing, Jacobs, Lockheed Martin, and Northrop Grumman currently have over 3,800 suppliers contributing to Orion, the SLS rocket, and the lunar spaceport at Kennedy. With NASA investments, additional U.S. companies, including small businesses, are advancing technologies and systems needed for a sustained presence on the Moon by 2028.
- The Gateway will be an outpost orbiting the Moon and providing vital support for a sustainable and long-term human return to the lunar surface. The Gateway will have components from U.S. companies, as well as international partners. It will provide access to more of the lunar surface than ever before with living quarters for astronauts, a lab for science and research, ports for visiting spacecraft, and more.
- The Human Landing System will carry astronauts to the lunar surface and launch them back to lunar orbit when their expedition is complete. Streamlining its partnering approach, NASA is working with three American companies – Blue Origin, Dynetics, and SpaceX – to begin development of their industry-led innovative designs for human landing systems.
- Through NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Delivery Services (CLPS), American companies of varying sizes will bid on delivering science and technology payloads to the surface of the Moon.
- Tipping Point awards support industry-developed space technologies that can foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. A technology is considered at a tipping point if an investment in a demonstration will significantly mature the technology and bring the technology to market for both government and commercial applications.
- NASA’s Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity (ACO) helps reduce the development cost of commercial space technologies and accelerate their infusion into future missions.
- The Game Changing Development (GCD) program identifies and rapidly matures high-impact capabilities and space technologies.
- NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program provides an opportunity for small companies and research institutions to participate in government-sponsored research and development efforts in key technology areas.
While the Artemis Partners map highlights the United States, this endeavor reaches internationally, extending to collaboration with NASA on components for the Gateway and Orion. With the support of many European suppliers, ESA (European Space Agency) is continuing to outfit the Orion spacecraft’s service module for Artemis I and subsequent flights. International contributions to the Gateway have not yet been determined.