NASA Picks 14 Companies for $372M in Space Exploration Tech Dev’t Projects; Jim Bridenstine Quoted

NASA has awarded 14 companies contracts worth approximately $372.2M combined to develop technologies for the agency’s lunar and Mars exploration programs.

The proposals were selected under the fifth solicitation for the Tipping Point program and address three topic areas: lunar surface, cryogenic fluid management and closed-loop descent and landing capability, the agency said Wednesday.

The awardees are:

  • Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance
  • Astrobotic Technology
  • Eta Space
  • Intuitive Machines
  • Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)
  • Masten Space Systems
  • Nokia of America Corp.
  • pH Matter
  • Precision Combustion
  • Sierra Nevada
  • SpaceX
  • SSL Robotics
  • Teledyne Energy Systems
  • United Launch Alliance

“NASA’s significant investment in innovative technology demonstrations, led by small and large U.S. businesses across nine states, will expand what is possible in space and on the lunar surface,” said NASA Administrator and a previous Wash100 awardee Jim Bridenstine. “Together, NASA and industry are building up an array of mission-ready capabilities to support a sustainable presence on the Moon and future human missions to Mars.”

NASA’s space technology mission directorate will issue milestone payments to each awardee under firm-fixed-price contracts that could run for up to five years.

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