NASA Selects US Firms to Provide Commercial Suborbital Flight Services
by Staff Writers
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Aug 01, 2018
NASA's Flight Opportunities Program has selected four companies to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space.
The selection is part of NASA's continuing effort to foster a viable market for American commercial reusable suborbital platforms that allow testing of new space technologies within Earth's atmosphere.
Through these new awards, selected companies will receive an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract for integration and flight services, drawing from a pool of commercial space companies.
The five-year contracts have a combined potential contract value of $45 million. The flights will carry a variety of payloads to help meet the agency's research and technology needs.
The selected companies are:
+ Aerostar International (Raven Aerostar), Sioux Falls, South Dakota
+ Blue Origin Texas, LLC, Van Horn, Texas
+ Up Aerospace Inc., Littleton, Colorado
+ World View Enterprises, Inc., Tucson, Arizona
NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) is charged with maturing crosscutting technologies to flight readiness status for future space missions. The agency's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California, manages the Flight Opportunities Program for STMD.
During the coming year, STMD will make significant new investments that address several high priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration.
It continues to solicit the help of the best and brightest minds in academia, industry, and government to drive innovation and enable solutions in important technology thrust areas. These planned investments are addressing high priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration.
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NASA certifies Russia's RD-180 rocket engines for manned flights
Moscow (Sputnik) Jul 31, 2018
NASA and the US Air Force have certified Russia's RD-180 engines for Atlas V carrier rockets to used for manned spaceflights by US astronauts, Igor Arbuzov, director general of Russia's major rocket engine manufacturer JSC NPO Energomash and the United Launch Alliance, said in an interview with Sputnik. "Yes, as of today, RD-180 is certified by NASA to perform manned flights," Arbuzov said. He explained that a commission comprised of NASA and US Air Force representatives had conducted an aud ... read more
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