The companies submitted 142 innovation proposals to develop, demonstrate and deliver space-based systems for planetary missions under the second phase of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research program, the agency said Wednesday.
Each awardee has the opportunity to receive up to $750K over two years.
Proposed technologies for SBIR Phase II include autonomous aircraft operation systems, sensor-based landing systems, next-generation magnets and an X-ray instrument for scanning planetary and asteroid rock samples.
“Their innovations will help America land the first woman and the next man on the Moon in 2024, establish a sustainable presence on the lunar surface a few years later, and pursue exciting opportunities for going to Mars and beyond,” said Jim Reuter, acting associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate.
NASA selected the phase-two winners after a competitive evaluation process and said it will help fund the commercialization of resulting platforms in the third phase.