Introducing a new CATALYST
NASA is recognizing the U.S. industry's interest in exploring the moon, and with its Lunar CArgo Transportation And Landing bY Soft Touchdown (CATALYST), our team can leverage NASA and more specifically Kennedy Space Center's (KSC’s) extensive heritage in the spaceflight industry to speed up the development process for every system of our lunar lander. Invaluable experience can also be gained for all participating members through coordination and collaboration with NASA scientists and engineers.
What they’re offering:
- NASA Civil Servant Technical Expertise - NASA scientists and engineers consulting and providing technical advice for lander development and/or mission design.
- Facilities – NASA can provide industry partners, at no cost, access to testing facilities such as thermal vacuum chambers, vertical flight test beds, cleans rooms, etc. By gaining access to these facilities, this can reduce the overall cost of the mission.
- Equipment – NASA may loan equipment (non-expendable hardware items) to industry partners, in accordance with NPD 4200.1 and NPR 4200.1. This could be in the form of testing equipment among other things.
- Software – NASA may be able to contribute specific software elements for the development and testing of the lander. This provides a tremendous advantage as it reduces mission cost and development time. Access to NASA algorithms could be a game changer and free up further time and resources that would otherwise have to be spent licensing these algorithms from other companies.
The Omega Envoy could benefit greatly from partnerships with NASA and more specifically with KSC. The close proximity of ESF to KSC would allow for greatly reduced development times and regular access to KSC facilities, staff and equipment. We could potentially bring NASA scientists and engineers to our facilities to coordinate directly with participating members. Leveraging KSC’s extensive testing facilities combined with licensing NASA software for Guidance, Navigation, & Control and testing could greatly reduce the overall cost of the mission as well the amount of time necessary for development of the lunar lander.