EightÂ companies have receivedÂ contracts worth a combined $17 millionÂ to help NASA advance small launch andÂ space vehicle technologies under the second round of the agency’sÂ Utilizing Public-Private Partnerships to Advance Tipping Point Technologies program.
NASA said ThursdayÂ each contract containsÂ a performance period of two years, technical progress-related milestone fees and a provision for industry partners to fundÂ at least 25 percent of the total costs.
The issuance of the awards came six months after NASA’sÂ Space Technology Mission DirectorateÂ solicited industry proposals for the initiative that focuses on near-maturityÂ commercial space platforms.
Masten Space Systems, Ventions, Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems, HRL Laboratories, UP Aerospace and Orbital ATK (NYSE: OA) will collaborate with NASAÂ to further development work onÂ various platformsÂ designed to sendÂ small space vehicles to low-Earth orbit.
NASAÂ choseÂ Trans Astronautica andÂ ExoTerra Resource to help the agency demonstrateÂ small spacecraft technologies.
Click here to readÂ project details for each of theÂ eightÂ awardees.