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Firefly to Partner with Israel Aerospace Industries on Moon Lander

• By Jeff Foust

Firefly and IAI said they signed intellectual property and engineering support agreements giving Firefly access to the technology IAI developed for the Beresheet lander. Firefly will use that technology to manufacture a version of that lander and offer it to NASA through the agency's Commercial Lunar Payload Services (CLPS) program.

"This agreement with IAI will allow Firefly to build on our momentum and expand our lunar capabilities by creating a U.S.-built version of IAI's historic lunar lander," Tom Markusic, chief executive of Firefly, said in a statement announcing the deal. "Having access to flight proven lunar lander technology and the expertise of IAI engineers makes Firefly well placed to gain a foothold in the cislunar market."

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