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NASA is leading the development of the Gateway, an outpost in lunar orbit that will be a staging point for human and robotic exploration in deep space and will serve as a technology test bed for Mars.

Gateway is a platform to establish a sustained human presence on and around the Moon. It provides a waystation for vehicles in cis-lunar space, with access to the lunar surface. The Gateway includes living quarters for astronauts, infrastructure for science and research and more.

Deep Space Logistics (DSL) is the Gateway Project office at Kennedy Space Center responsible for leading the commercial supply chain in deep space by procuring services for transporting cargo, equipment, and consumables to enable exploration of the Moon and Mars. Kennedy’s Deep Space Logistics office is the focal point for all Gateway activities conducted at the spaceport including:

  • Commercial acquisition and contract management
  • End-to-end commercial service mission management, insight, and approval
  • Spaceport host for commercial, deep space logistics, payload processing and delivery services

Gateway Logistics Services (GLS)

SpaceX was selected as the first U.S. commercial provider under the Gateway Logistics Services contract to deliver cargo, experiments, and other supplies to the Gateway in lunar orbit.

Multiple supply missions are planned in which the cargo spacecraft will stay at the Gateway for 6-12 months at a time.

  • 5 MT delivered cargo capability
  • Power to internal and external payloads
  • Trash removal
  • Automated RPOD (docking/undocking)

NASA is planning multiple supply missions in which the cargo spacecraft will stay at the Gateway for six to 12 months at a time. These firm-fixed price, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts for logistics services guarantee two missions per logistics services provider with a maximum total value of $7 billion across all contracts as additional missions are needed.

How to Collaborate

NASA is fully committed to collaborating and partnering with commercial industry for reliable and safe services at a lower cost to enable the Agency’s Artemis missions to the Moon and beyond. 

If you have an idea or technology that could benefit NASA’s deep space exploration program in collaboration with Gateway Deep Space Logistics, please visit:

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The Full Moon is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 271 miles above a cloudy south Indian Ocean half-way between Australia and Antarctica.