NASA Enlists 8 Firms for Small Spacecraft, Launch Vehicle Tech Maturation Program


Eight companies have received contracts worth a combined $17 million to help NASA advance small launch and space vehicle technologies under the second round of the agency’s Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies program.

NASA said Thursday each contract contains a performance period of two years, technical progress-related milestone fees and a provision for industry partners to fund at least 25 percent of the total costs.

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The issuance of the awards came six months after NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate solicited industry proposals for the initiative that focuses on near-maturity commercial space platforms.

Masten Space Systems, Ventions, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, HRL Laboratories, UP Aerospace and Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) will collaborate with NASA to further development work on various platforms  designed to send small space vehicles to low-Earth orbit.

NASA chose Trans Astronautica and ExoTerra Resource to help the agency demonstrate small spacecraft technologies.

Click here to read project details for each of the eight awardees.

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