NASA announced $ 43.2 million in agreements with 14 trading partners on Friday – including Blue Origin and SpaceX – to fund fuel and power experiments, space-loading, efficient propulsion systems and the lunar system
Each of the agreements, with NASA funding commitments ranging from $ 1.3 million to $ 10 million, will help develop key technologies for the space agency's Moon and Mars exploration initiatives, they said The employees.
The 14 projects announced on Friday are the fourth set of NASA Tipping Point funding agreements in which the space agency partners with companies working on advanced space technology. Each company is required to fund at least 25 percent of the program costs in PPPs.
"These promising technologies are at a tipping point in their development, which means that NASA's investment is likely to be an additional impetus for the company to mature significantly," says Jim Reuter, associate administrator of the Space Technology Directorate. NASA's NASA. "These are important technologies that are needed for the continued exploration of the moon and Mars. As the agency focuses on landing the astronauts on the moon by 2024 with the Artemis program, we continue to prepare for the next phase of the lunar exploration that feeds forward to Mars. "
Previous Point Agreements have funded cryogenic fuel storage technologies, the development of planetary landing systems, solar-electric propulsion, small rocket launchers and robotic space production.
The agreements announced on Friday, relates to six areas of focus: cryogenic fuel production and management; sustainable energy production, storage and distribution; efficient and affordable propulsion systems; autonomous operations; rower mobility; and improvements
Blue Origin won the largest share of funding in Friday's $ 10 million agreement, and NASA provided $ 3 million for SpaceX to test prototypes of a spacecraft clutch, such as the company's Starship car
Two NASA vendors were selected through the Moon Payload Commercial Services or CLPS, and the program also received NASA funding by attracting information from Tipping Point. Astrobotic and intuitive machines are developing commercially available robotic lunar landing gear to deliver NASA scientific instruments to the lunar surface.
Here is a list of 14 agreements copied from NASA's press release:
Production and management of cryogenic fuels
• Blue Origin LLC of Kent, Washington, 10 million dollars
A ground demonstration of the liquefaction and storage of hydrogen and oxygen, representing rockets and spacecraft that can be produced on the moon. The demonstration can help inform a large-scale fuel plant suitable for the moon's surface.
• OxEon Energy LLC of North Salt Lake, Utah, $ 1.8 million
OxEon Energy will work with Colorado Mining School to integrate electrolysis technology for ice treatment and hydrogen separation and oxygen. The molecules can then be cooled to produce fuel for cislanar transport. This technology could provide a flexible and scalable solution for future resource deployment on the Moon.
• Skyre Inc. $ 2.6 million from East Hartford, Connecticut
Skyre, also known as Sustainable Innovation, together with partner Meta Vista USA LLC, will develop a system for the production of permanently frozen water fuel located at the poles of the moon , including hydrogen and oxygen separation processes, keep the product extremely cold and use hydrogen as a refrigerant to liquefy oxygen.
• SpaceX of Hawthorne, CA, $ 3 million
SpaceX will partner with the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama to develop and test prototype connectors – or two – for the loading of spacecraft such as the Starship vehicle. Cryogenic liquid splitter for large-scale transfer of space fuel is an important technology to support the ongoing efforts to explore the moon and Mars.
Sustainable Energy Production, Storage and Distribution
• Infinity Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Inc. $ 4 million from Windsor, Connecticut
The company will partner with NASA's Houston Space Center in Houston to develop a scalable, modular and flexible energy and energy product that uses new production methods to reduce costs and improve reliability. The technology can be used for moonshine paddles, surface equipment and habitats.
• Paragon Spacecraft Development Corporation, $ 2 million
Paragon Spacecraft Development Corporation will work with Johnson and the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to develop an environmental control system environment and life support, as well as a thermal control system for lunar missions that maintain acceptable operating temperatures throughout the moon and day and night. The design of these systems can be adapted for crew missions to Mars.
• TallannQuest LLC of Zacks, Texas, $ 2 million
Working with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, the company, also known as Apogee Semiconductor, will develop a flexible radiation switch a power supply capable of being configured based on the needs of the power mission. This technology can be used for missions to the moon, Mars, moon Europe of Jupiter and other destinations.
Efficient and affordable propulsion systems
• Accion Systems Inc. from Boston, $ 3.9 million
NASA's first interplanetary CubeSats, MarCO-A and B, use a set of cold gas pushers to control position and course adjustments during their cruise to Mars, along with the Mars InSight lander. Accion and JPL will partner with a drivetrain to demonstrate the same capabilities as those required for the MarCO mission, but with a smaller and lighter system that uses less energy. The propulsion system could provide more opportunities for science with these small, flexible platforms.
• CU Aerospace LLC of Champaign, Illinois, $ 1.7 million
CU Aerospace, NearSpace Launch and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will build and test a 6-unit CubeSat equipped with two different drive systems. Designed with NASA Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) funding, these systems offer high performance, low cost, and secure pre-launch processing. The company plans to deliver the ready-to-fly CubeSat to NanoRacks for launch and deployment.
• ExoTerra Resource LLC of Littleton, Colorado, $ 2 million
ExoTerra will build, test and launch a 12-unit CubeSat with a compact, high-pulse solar electric drive module. Once ready for flight, the system will be demonstrated in space as CubeSat moves from low-Earth orbit to radiation belts around Earth. This small electric propulsion system can open the inner solar system for targeted research missions, using spacecraft at affordable prices from £ 44 to £ 440.
• Blue Canyon Technologies With Boulder, Colorado, $ 4.9 million
As space access increases, so does the need for space such as tracking stations. With the demonstration in space, Blue Canyon Technologies will mature an autonomous navigation software solution for SmallSats and CubeSats so that they can circumnavigate the space without speaking to Earth.
• Pittsburgh Astrobotics Technology, $ 2 million to develop small scouts on rovers that can handle payloads and interact with many large landing forces. This project was previously funded by NASA through SBIR awards. The new partnership will develop more mature payload interfaces and increase rover capabilities.
• Houston Intuitive Machines LLC, $ 1.3 million
Spacecraft computer and vision processing software to reduce costs and the graphics needed to deploy optical or laser navigation capabilities in government and commercial missions.
• Luna Innovations of Blacksburg, Virginia, $ 2 million
Luna Innovations partnered with Sierra Nevada Corporation, ILC Dover and Johnson to prove the viability of sensors that monitor structural health and safety of inflatable space habitats located in orbit or on the surface of other worlds.