Draper Forms Team to Pursue NASA’s Next Lunar Exploration Project

Draper has teamed up with three other companies to bid for a project to build small exploration vehicles and scientific instruments to help NASA explore the moon’s surface.

Cambridge, Mass.-based Draper said Tuesday it will lead an industry team composed of General Atomics’ electromagnetic systems group, ispace and Spaceflight Industries to pursue the space agency’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services contract.

NASA asked industry in late 2017 to create CLPS pursuit teams.

Under a teaming arrangement, Draper intends to manage the alliance’s proposed payload, guidance, control and navigation technologies for a lunar rover.

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems will manufacture, assemble, integrate and test the lander.

Ispace will support spacecraft design, mission operations and rideshare efforts while Spaceflight will offer launch support services that cover integration, takeoff and range recording, and pre- and post-operations.

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