Given a revitalization of interest in lunar exploration, work is underway to develop a navigation system for the Moon that scales with increasing demand and can be utilized by government and commercial space missions.

Advanced Space LLC of Boulder, Colorado announced today it signed a two-year contract with NASA to continue development of a cislunar-centric navigation system.

A Cislunar Autonomous Positioning System (CAPS) is a public-private partnership to enable robust cislunar activities.

Space: a busy place

“As we increase the number of vehicles in space and missions to the Moon, we must equally advance the technology used to figure out where they are and where they are going,” said Bradley Cheetham, CEO of Advanced Space. “As space becomes busier, we are working to reduce the cost and congestion associated with mission planning and operations.”

This new contract builds on a six-month Phase I effort supported by NASA and the next two years will focus on the detailed technical development of required software and supporting systems. Key milestones coming up will include technical interface meetings and reviews with interested potential users, be they NASA, commercial, or international, explains a company press statement.

Credit: NASA

Matching grant

Advanced Space also received a matching Advanced Industries Accelerator Grant for $250,000 from the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade in May 2018 to support the development of this technology within the state.

Advanced Space supports the exploration, development, and settlement of space through software and services that leverage unique subject matter expertise to improve the fundamentals of spaceflight.

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