NASA CLPS Program Contracts


Draper, as prime contractor, leads a team that brings extensive and highly relevant experience in space, with partners including General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, ispace and Spaceflight Industries. Draper is known for providing the GN&C systems for the Apollo Program.


What is the NASA CLPS?

CLPS (Commercial Lunar Payload Services,) is a commercial lunar payload delivery program managed by NASA. It is open for private companies to bid for multiple awards and was announced in December 2017. The contracts period is 10 years starting in 2019 and the total contracts value is $ 2.6 billion. Several companies have been selected and lunar surface delivery is expected to be carried out until December 31. 2021.

Team Introduction

Draper, as prime contractor, will lead a team that brings extensive and highly relevant experience in space, with partners which include General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems, ispace and Spaceflight Industries.
In accordance with the terms of the proposal, Draper will provide payload operations and the guidance, navigation and control systems for the lunar lander, as well as overall management and coordination of the team; General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems is responsible for carrying out the lunar lander manufacturing, assembly, integration and testing in the United States; ispace will act as the design agent for the lunar lander and mission operations, as well as provide high-frequency rideshare opportunities; and Spaceflight Industries Inc. is responsible for launch services including integration, mission management, launch and range documentation and pre- and post-operations.


Payload Operation
Lunar Lander GN&C
System Development
Overall Management

At Draper, we believe exciting things happen when new capabilities are imagined and created. Whether formulating a concept and developing each component to achieve a field-ready prototype or combining existing technologies in new ways, Draper engineers apply multidisciplinary approaches that deliver new capabilities to customers. As a not-for-profit research and development company, Draper focuses on the design, development and deployment of advanced technological solutions for the world's most challenging and important problems. We provide engineering solutions directly to government, industry and academia; work on teams as prime contractor or subcontractor; and participate as a collaborator in consortia. We provide unbiased assessments of technology or systems designed or recommended by other organizations—custom designed, as well as commercial-off-the-shelf.

Lunar Lander Design
Mission Operation
High-frequency payload delivery service

ispace is a lunar exploration company with over 85 staff from 13 countries. The company has 3 global offices in Japan, Europe and the NASA Ames Research Park in the US, and signed agreements with JAXA and The Government of Luxembourg. ispace raised nearly $100 million USD in its Series A funding—more than almost any other space company in history. The funding is being used for its first two lunar missions in 2020 and 2021, which will both launch on SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket. The missions are intended to lay the groundwork for high-frequency commercial missions. ispace's engineers have collective experience working for 5 international space agencies, including NASA.

Construction / Manufacturing of Lunar Lander
Testing in the USA

General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS) Group is a global leader in the research, design, and manufacture of first-of-a-kind electromagnetic and electric power generation systems. GA-EMS' history of research, development, and technology innovation has led to an expanding portfolio of specialized products and integrated system solutions supporting aviation, space systems and satellites, missile defense, power and energy, and processing and monitoring applications for critical defense, industrial, and commercial customers worldwide.

Launch services
Payload integration

Spaceflight is revolutionizing the business of spaceflight by delivering a new model for accessing space. A comprehensive launch services and mission management provider, the company provides a straightforward and cost-effective suite of products and services including state-of-the-art satellite infrastructure and rideshare launch offerings that enable commercial and government entities to achieve their mission goals on time and on budget. A service offering of Spaceflight Industries in Seattle Washington, Spaceflight provides its services through a global network of partners, ground stations and launch vehicle providers.
Company: ispace, inc.
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