they will design system-level solutions

The 14 companies include major aerospace firms and smaller space startups.

They are: Blue Origin, CisLunar Industries, Crescent Space Services LLC, Fibertek, Inc., Firefly Aerospace, Gitai, Helios, Honeybee Robotics, ICON, Nokia of America, Northrop Grumman, Redwire Corporation, Sierra Space and SpaceX.

These companies will work in a “highly collaborative environment,” DARPA said, where they will design system-level solutions for lunar services.

Other such services that could be explored are commercial in-situ resource utilization, positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), mobility and transit, and robotics.