DARPA has recently unveiled its list of 14 companies selected to participate in the 10-Year Lunar Architecture (LunA-10) study. This cohort includes aerospace and defence primes like Northrop, well-established New Space entities such as SpaceX and Blue Origin, as well as startups like Cislunar.

The study signals a concerted effort to craft a commercial lunar infrastructure capable of underpinning a robust lunar economy by the mid-2030s.

The chosen companies will concentrate their efforts in six primary areas defined by DARPA: communications and navigation, construction, mining and in situ resource utilization (ISRU), power, mobility/logistics, and market analysis. The spectrum of specializations within the cohort is intended to effectively address each of these focus areas.

The LunA-10 study is poised to significantly enhance our comprehension of the prerequisites for establishing a self-sustaining, commercially driven lunar economy. Through such studies and subsequent programs, the groundwork is laid for the proliferation of lunar economic activities.