Jim Bridenstine will deliver a keynote speech at the Fall Lunar Surface Innovation Alliance meeting online Wednesday, October 14, NASA announced. The event was co-sponsored by the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory and Arizona State University. The entire event will be broadcast live on NASA TV and NASA’s website.
During the event, Bridenstine will talk about NASA’s Artemis program, which will send humans back to the moon for the first time since the Apollo era. The administrator will also announce NASA’s latest “turning point” program and its potential impact on lunar exploration at the event.
The Turning Point program, first announced in January, seeks industry-developed technologies to help develop commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. Similar programs have led to the success of companies such as SpaceX and Boeing in their efforts to send astronauts into space from the U.S. mainland.
At the event, NASA officials will update the lunar surface innovation program, which operates with the Applied Physics Laboratory. The initiative seeks the help of academia, industry, non-profit organizations and governments to shape the future of space technology and explore the moon in innovative ways.
The Moon Surface Innovation Alliance’s autumn meeting will be held from 14 to 15 October. NASA intends to send the first humans back to the moon’s surface in 2024 and maintain a human presence there until the end of the program. Assistance from the scientific and industrial communities is helping to achieve this task.