NASA’s Moon Lander To Be Designed And Made In India
NASA’s First Moon Lander Of The 21st Century To Be Designed In IndiaOver the Moon, with a half-Earth in the background. (NASA/Newsmakers)

The first moon lander which NASA will use in the 21st century would be designed and engineered by private aerospace company Team Indus as part of the Orbit Beyond consortium which has been awarded a contract for the 2021 lunar mission, Quartz has reported.

NASA in total would spend around $250 million to award contracts to private companies for transporting scientific missions to the moon which include - Astrobotic, Intuitive Machines, and Orbit Beyond. This initiative is part of NASA’s Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.

Orbit Beyond comprises of a total of nine companies one of which is Team Indus which was formed in 2010 to take part in Google’s Lunar XPrize which involved sending a robot to the moon. This team would be responsible for designing the lander.

“When I say we are buying a ride, that’s literally what we are doing,” said Steve Clark, who leads NASA’s exploration programs. He added that the private companies would be responsible for both launching and landing the moon lander.

Update: This article has been edited after Team Indus reached out to us to clarify that they would be handling the design and engineering of the lander, which will ultimately be manufactured in the US

An Appeal...

Dear Reader,

As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.

Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.

We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.

Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 1200/year is the best way you can support our efforts.

Become A Patron
Become A Subscriber