Mar 31 2015

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NASA announces 12 new NextSTEP partnerships

NASA Announces New Partnerships with U.S. Industry for Key Deep-Space Capabilities. Love this approach to developing advanced concepts and technology. 3 partnerships involve propulsion. NASA would like electrical propulsion available in the 50-300 kw range, as opposed to the less than 5 kw available in systems now. The three partnerships are with:

  • Ad Astra Rocket Company of Webster, Texas
  • Aeroject Rocketdyne Inc. of Redmond, Washington
  • MSNW LLC of Redmond, Washington

7 partnerships involve improving Orion’s deep-space habitability from 21 days to 60 days to better support cis-Lunar missions. The companies supporting this effort:

  • Bigelow Aerospace LLC of North Las Vegas, Nevada
  • The Boeing Company of Pasadena, Texas
  • Dynetics Inc. of Huntsville, Alabama
  • Hamilton Sundstrand Space Systems International of Windsor Locks, Connecticut
  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company of Denver, Colorado
  • Orbital ATK of Dulles, Virginia
  • Orbital Technologies Corporation of Madison, Wisconsin

And finally, there are two partnerships for CubeSat deep space missions:

  • Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company of Denver, Colorado
  • Morehead State University of Morehead, Kentucky

Congrats to NASA for using the NextSTEP approach, and to their partners!

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