Even Bridenstine said that while NASA wants the companies to succeed, the space agency is certain some of the efforts will fail.
The relatively small and cheap payloads delivered via the CLPS program would be followed by more traditional medium- and large-class missions, Bridenstine said, including an eventual crewed mission to the Moon.
NASA also told TheBlaze that competition between outside companies like this "typically leads to more innovative and less costly solutions for the design of spacecraft".
Sending American astronauts into space aboard SpaceX hardware is another, and it appears NASA is going to be a lot more strict about how SpaceX and its CEO behave now that the company is in the midst of building vehicles to carry crew.
Prior to the announcement, Bridenstine spoke on The Hill TV's "Rising" program, emphasizing the goal of the Space Policy Directive's mission to build the capabilities of not only returning to the Moon, but stay as a sustained presence.
'Pokemon Go' Teases New PvP Feature
Niantic spent all of Friday morning teasing the announcement with a series of mysterious tweets, each one clearer than the last. In other words, the arrival of trainer battles was always just a matter of time.
It also continues a trend at NASA toward public-private partnerships for exploration.
"I will tell you that was not helpful", Bridenstine told assembled reporters at a press gathering at NASA HQ.
Remarks made on Thursday, Nov. 29 reinforced NASA's assertion it was returning to the Moon.
"This time, we will not only plant our flag and leave our footprint, we will establish a foundation for an eventual mission to Mars and, perhaps, someday to many worlds beyond". As part of the contract - which is worth a $6.8 billion - the companies need to "maintain a program for achieving a drug-and alcohol-free workforce". NASA will evaluate bids as they come in for technical feasibility and cost. No money was awarded Thursday.
In a separate news release, NASA said that "l$3 unar payloads could fly on these contracted missions as early as 2019". Draper spokesman Dan Dent said the missions will involve deploying technologies to collect samples and study the moon.
A 7.0-Magnitude Earthquake Just Shook Alaska
Officials said the natural disaster , and its aftershocks, struck near Anchorage at about 9:30 a.m. with a 17 mile depth. A tsunami warning was issued for the southern Alaska coastal areas of Cook's Inlet and part of the Kenai peninsula.
Ultimately, these upcoming missions will help NASA gather data in order to prepare to send a lander with a person in it to the Martian surface. The contracts that the companies can bid on include launching and landing services and payload delivery systems.
NASA now is building a huge new rocket, the Space Launch System, and the Orion deep space capsule to carry astronauts back to lunar orbit in the early 2020s and eventually to a Lunar Gateway space station that will serve as an outpost for visiting astronauts and a jumping off point for human and robotic flights to and from the lunar surface.
While NASA's commercial partners remain firmly on the ground, with their workplaces under review by a nervous agency, Russian Federation has no such worries.
Mr Musk's SpaceX is one of two firms contracted to build a shuttle that will fly U.S. astronauts to the International Space Station from American territory - something that was ended in 2011. In a departure from past practice, the companies own their rockets and spacecraft and can use them for other, non-government missions if a market develops. In a news release, NASA said that "w$3 orking with us companies is the next step to achieving long-term scientific study and human exploration of the Moon and Mars".
"Today's announcement marks tangible progress in America's return to the moon's surface to stay", NASA's administrator, Jim Bridenstine, said in a statement.
Macron to meet Saudi crown prince at G20
He even threatened to withhold his vote on key measures if that didn't happen and declared, "I'm not going to blow past this". It was unclear whether the French president was calling for an global investigation beyond existing Turkish and Saudi probes.
If a user adds you to their friend list, you'll see a green ring around their Story ring, same with you adding a story. In any case, it's a new way to identify your inner circle, while also seeing how close - or not - others feel to you.
Dangerous Woman Diaries has been directed by Alfredo Flores and produced by Scooter Braun and JD Roth's GoodStory Entertainment . The 4-part in-depth docu series will feature highlights of Grande's 2017 Dangerous Woman Tour and her latest album, Sweetener .
Khaled and Mayweather are the first two individuals to be charged with touting violations involving initial coin offerings. Mayweather will give up $300,000 in disgorgement, another 300 grand as a penalty, and a bit extra for interest.
Earlier this year, Bush was hospitalized for a blood infection after his wife of 73 years, Barbara Bush died in April. Former president George W Bush confirms news in a statement released on Twitter by a family spokesperson.
Qualcomm is actually interested in investing in early-stage start-ups and that is why AnyVision is so attractive for the venture. The AI Fund kicked off with a series A round of funding for AnyVision , which is a face, body and object recognition startup.
USA authorities say assailants threw a "hail of rocks" at agents, striking four who escaped serious injury. Border Patrol agents frequently capture violent criminal aliens as they attempt to illegally enter the U.S.
After her shift ended, Guyger told police, she drove home and parked on the fourth floor of the apartment complex's garage. Guyger was charged with manslaughter three days after 26-year-old Jean's death. "I want to say to the family".
When registering your interest, you'll need to pick the specific platforms and time windows you're hoping to participate in. As a result the alpha event is "more limited than what we want to share in the pre-launch demos".
Powell didn't provide any more guidance on the likely path for rates, and he noted they remain low by historical standards. But some Wall Street economists and analysts said that they did not see a major shift in Fed's tightening monetary policy.
Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle Reveals He Is HIV Positive
One of those was Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who praised Mr Russell-Moyle for making a "brilliant and historic speech". World AIDS Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention.
Global Warming Increasing Death, Disease Risk
But the average temperature increase people were exposed to was more than twice as high - 0.8 degrees C or 1.4 degrees F. Europe and the eastern Mediterranean, for instance, appear more vulnerable than Africa and Southeast Asia, it said.
OnePlus 6T McLaren Edition details leak out ahead of reveal
After Thunder Purple, OnePlus is partnering Formula 1 racing team, McLaren to launch another special edition of the OnePlus 6T . The news follows a teaser from OnePlus, which suggested the company would launch another new handset on December 11.
CAF withdraws hosting rights for AFCON 2019 from Cameroon
Aside delays as per reports of inspection teams within the last 18 months, security in the country is said to be at high risk. Next year's expanded edition of the biennial tournament will be held in June and July, with 24 nations taking part.
Kareem Hunt caught on video in confrontation with woman
Albright tweeted that both the Chiefs and the league were aware of the existence of the video that TMZ ultimately made public. According to Dan Graziano of ESPN , the Chiefs sent Hunt home from the practice facility after learning of the video.
Thousands Of Farmers Walk To Delhi, Mission Parliament Today
Around 600-700 volunteers of a solidarity group "Nation For Farmers" marched with the protesters from the four assembly points. The protest also saw participation of a number of women farmers who travelled from various parts of the country.