NASA officially announced that it has selected SpaceX as the first commercial provider to bring cargo, experiments and other supplies to the Gateway space station that will eventually assist humans’ return to the moon, starting with the Artemis missions. The agency is planning multiple supply missions in which the cargo spacecraft will stay at the Gateway for 6-12 months at a time. Read more for two videos and additional information.
These missions are firm-fixed priced, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contracts for logistics services guaranteed for two missions per logistics services provider with a maximum total value of $7-billion across all contracts as additional missions are needed. The Gateway Logistics Services contract enables NASA to order missions for as long as 12 years with a 15-year performance period and support their plans for sustainable exploration with both international and commercial partners, while developing the experience and capabilities necessary to send humans to Mars.
By structuring the Gateway Logistics contract as a public-private partnership where @NASA buys a service instead of owning and operating the hardware, we are helping our partners expand the commercial space economy to the lunar vicinity,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine.