Lander Genesis Firefly will be able to deliver 85 pounds of tools on one of the lunar poles up to the end of 2022. As writes Spaceflight Now, the company submitted an application to NASA in March, and now the Agency must make a decision on funding until the end of April. Genesis — a collaboration between Firefly Aerospace and Israel Aerospace Industries, whose probe “Bereshit” crashed while landing on the moon in April 2019.
Program NASA “Artemis” to return to the moon involves the active participation of private contractors, including for the delivery of small goods that are related to the disembarkation of people. Unlike the mid-twentieth century, the state Agency plans to build the rocket itself, and to purchase services for the delivery of equipment from private owners.
American company Firefly Aerospace at the beginning of March did the request for participation program Commercial Lunar Payload Services. She plans to accomplish this by using the lander Genesis payload in case of landing on the pole is equal to 85 kilograms, which more than enough to fulfill the order 19C. In addition to Firefly, the short-list NASA is thirteen companies-candidates, but almost always, the Agency allocates money from many. The final decision must be made this month.
The Genesis device in turn, based on the Israeli probe “Bereshit”, the technology which was transferred to the American company last summer. This was done after Israel Aerospace Industries abandoned the idea to retry the failed mission of the spring of 2019, when the Israeli probe crashed during landing due to the human factor. While IAI will still produce for the lander avionics and some other devices.
The very Firefly is based in 2017 and is developing a light rocket, its test launch is scheduled for the summer, and the future return of the complex Gamma, which are going to reuse 75 percent of the components.