Nokia’s central 4G system is integrated into a lunar lander spacecraft that will drop the moon in 2022. It allows moon rovers (who arrive later) to communicate with their base camp and from there with the orbiting spaceship and Earth itself. That’s pretty impressive – but the Nokia deal was just one of 15 contracts NASA awarded last week has a total value of $ 370 million.
Here are some of the other contracts you may have missed.
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Lockheed Martin – $ 90 million
Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) is the world’s largest defense-only contractor and one of NASA’s ten largest contractors. It is therefore not surprising that the largest of the 15 NASA “Tipping Point” contracts awarded last week went to the aerospace giant. For $ 89.7 million, Lockheed will conduct a space mission demonstrating how hydrogen can be used in “more than a dozen cryogenic fluid management technologies” that could be used in future space missions.
United Launch Alliance – 86 Millionen US-Dollar
NASA’s second largest tipping point contract also went to Lockheed Martin – in part. Lockheed in collaboration with the partner Boeing (NYSE: BA), owns half of the United Launch Alliance (ULA), and for $ 86.2 million, this space giants joint venture will demonstrate the use of a cryogenic propulsion system for liquid oxygen and hydrogen in the upper stage of their new Vulcan Centaur rocket.
SpaceX – $ 53 million
ULA’s arch-rival in space, privately owned SpaceX, won NASA’s third largest contract. For $ 53.2 million, Elon Musk’s pioneering space company will demonstrate its ability to refuel in space by moving 10 tons of liquid oxygen between tanks in its new Starship starship.
With this technology, SpaceX would, for example, put spaceships into orbit in the coming years and then refuel them from “tanker” spaceships sent specifically for that purpose. Once this technology is proven viable, SpaceX ships will not only be able to travel directly to destinations like the moon and Mars. It will also facilitate the development of in-orbit satellite refueling services, which are being pioneered Northrop Grumman and soon public Momentus.
Maxar Technologies – $ 9 Million
Now falling dramatically down the value chain, tiny Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR) is a specialist in space hardware and satellite image services (earth photography). It also has key contracts to build NASA’s proposed Lunar Gateway, which will orbit the moon. Maxar’s recent NASA contract win, also one of the Tipping Point contracts, gives the company $ 8.7 million to develop a new lightweight robotic arm that can be used both on the lunar surface and in orbit satellite maintenance operations. (See above.)
Teledyne – $ 3 million
In allusion to fans of the “hydrogen economy” and investors for renewable energies here on earth, NASA finally honored Teledyne (NYSE: TDY) $ 2.8 million to develop a hydrogen fuel cell system that can run for 10,000 hours (if provided with enough fuel).
What all of this means for investors
Other companies, of course, have won other contracts – including Masten Space Systems, which raised $ 10 million to develop a prototype moon lander, and Intuitive Machines (which we both wrote about), which raised $ 41.6 million Contract for it is Moon lander. However, the above list does cover all of the Tipping Point award winners who are either already publicly traded or are nearing a point where they could potentially go public and become available for public investment. If you’re interested in investing in the space economy, these companies offer some of the most immediate ways to do it.
In a broader sense, however, the technologies that NASA is funding through these particular contracts with those particular ones Companies, promise to enable even more space economics services that may be offered by other companies in the coming years – such as services such as repairing and refueling satellites in orbit, which could reduce the cost of providing Internet and other communications services Space by extending the lifespan of satellites.
In that regard, even if you’re not interested in investing in today’s winners, it’s worth keeping an eye on what they’re up to – and what new opportunities they are opening up.
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