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About CLPS

NASA is working with several American companies to deliver science and
technology to the lunar surface through the Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative.

These companies, ranging in size, bid on delivering payloads for NASA. This includes everything from payload integration and operations, to launching from Earth and landing on the surface of the Moon. Under Artemis, commercial deliveries beginning in 2023 will perform science experiments, test technologies, and demonstrate capabilities to help NASA explore the Moon as it prepares for human missions. CLPS contracts are indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts with a cumulative maximum contract value of $2.6 billion through 2028.

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malapert massif
Malapert massif (informal name) is thought to be a remnant of the South Pole – Aitken basin rim, which formed more than 4 billion years ago.  More recently, this magnificent peak (lower left) was selected as an Artemis III candidate landing region. Image is 25 kilometers wide in the center, Narrow Angle Camera M1432398306LR (NASA/GSFC/Arizona State University).

Latest CLPS News

NASA Technology Helps Guard Against Lunar Dust
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Defeating dust may be a small concern for most people on Earth, but for astronauts and spacecraft destined for the…

NASA VIPER Robotic Moon Rover Team Raises Its Mighty Mast
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NASA’s VIPER – short for the Volatiles Investigating Polar Exploration Rover – now stands taller and more capable than ever. And that’s…

NASA’s Network of Small Moon-Bound Rovers Is Ready to Roll
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Construction and testing are complete on the CADRE rovers, which will map the lunar surface together as a tech demo…

NASA Collects First Surface Science in Decades via Commercial Moon Mission
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For the first time in more than 50 years, NASA was able to collect data from new science instruments and…

NASA, Intuitive Machines to Discuss Moon Mission, Science Successes
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NASA and Intuitive Machines will co-host a televised news conference at 2 p.m. EST Wednesday, Feb. 28, from the agency’s…

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NASA’s LRO Images Intuitive Machine’s Odysseus Lander
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On Feb. 22, Intuitive Machines’ Nova-C lander, called Odysseus, completed a seven-day journey to lunar orbit and softly landed near…


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Supporting research in science and technology is an important part of NASA’s overall mission. NASA solicits this research through the release of various research announcements in a wide range of science and technology disciplines. NASA uses a peer review process to evaluate and select research proposals submitted in response to these research announcements. Researchers can help NASA achieve national research objectives by submitting research proposals and conducting awarded research.

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New Earthrise Image from LRO spacecraft
NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter captured a unique view of Earth from the spacecraft’s vantage point in orbit around the moon.
NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) initiative allows NASA to send science investigations and technology demonstrations to the lunar surface. Under Artemis, NASA will study more of the Moon than ever before, and CLPS will demonstrate how NASA is working with commercial companies to achieve robotic lunar exploration. 


Follow along here for exciting updates on CLPS and NASA’s lunar exploration efforts!

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Program Contacts

Media Contacts

Nilufar Ramji
Public Affairs | Johnson Space Center

Karen Fox
Public Affairs | NASA Headquarters

Program Contacts

Chris Culbert

CLPS Lead | Johnson Space Center

Regina Blue

CLPS Programmatic Deputy | Johnson Space Center

Ryan Stephan

CLPS Technical Deputy | Glenn Research Center

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