On Wednesday, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine will be announcing new space technology public-private partnerships.
Bridenstine is expected to give a keynote address at the virtual fall Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium meeting. The Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) and Arizona State University co-host the event.
“Bridenstine will discuss NASA’s Artemis program and announce the agency’s latest Tipping Point selections and their potential impact on sustainable lunar exploration. NASA released the opportunity in January 2020, seeking U.S. industry-developed space technologies to foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future missions,” a statement reads.
NASA’S Artemis program “aims to land American astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024,” Fox Business explained. They also want to establish “a sustainable human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.”
Additionally, NASA’s first-ever agency-wide economic impact report has shown its contribution to the U.S. economy.
“In this new era of human spaceflight, NASA is contributing to economies locally and nationally, fueling growth in industries that will define the future, and supporting tens of thousands of new jobs in America,” Bridenstine also said.
“With an investment of just one-half of 1% of the federal budget, NASA generates significant total economic output annually,” he then added. This study confirms, and puts numbers, to what we have long understood – that taxpayer investment in America’s space program yields tremendous returns that strengthen our nation on several fronts – a stronger economy, advances in science and technology, and improvements to humanity,” Bridenstine further stated.