NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstein will announce new public-private partnerships for space technology on Wednesday.
Bridenstine will announce the virtual autumn meeting of the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium. The event is hosted by the Hopkins Laboratory of Applied Physics (APL) and Arizona State University.
“Bridenstine will discuss NASA’s Artemis program and announce the agency̵
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On its website, NASA explains that “a technology is considered a turning point if the investment in demonstration will significantly mature the technology, increase the likelihood of merging into a commercial space application, and market the technology to both government and commercial applications.” . “
NASA’s Artemis program aims to land American astronauts on the lunar surface by 2024, while establishing a sustained human presence on Earth’s natural satellite.
The agency’s long-term goal is to send a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s.
NASA’s first-ever report on the agency’s economic impact recently revealed the space agency’s contribution to the US economy.
In a statement, the space agency explained that through all its activities, it generated more than $ 64.3 billion in total economic output in fiscal 2019 and supported more than 312,000 jobs across the country. NASA also generates about $ 7 billion in federal, state and local taxes.
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The economic impact report, commissioned by the space agency, found that its Moon to Mars strategy generated more than $ 14 billion in total economic output and maintained more than 69,000 jobs nationwide in fiscal 2019.
The calendar year 2020 is busy for NASA. In May, for example, NASA astronauts Doug Hurley and Bob Benken embarked on a historic mission to the International Space Station from the Kennedy Space Center on top of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
The mission marked the first launch of astronauts from the United States since the last space shuttle flight in 2011. Hurley and Benken exploded in the Gulf of Mexico with the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft on August 2, ending their two-month space trip.
Three more astronauts – Mike Hopkins, Victor Glover and Shannon Walker – will launch into space from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft next month. They will be joined by Japanese Space Agency (JAXA) astronaut Soichi Noguchi.
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Last week, NASA announced that the launch of SpaceX Crew 1 had been postponed from October 31 to no earlier than early to mid-November. The move, NASA explains in a blog post, will provide “extra time for SpaceX to complete hardware testing and data reviews as the company evaluates the unofficial behavior of Falcon 9 first-rate gas engine generators observed during a recent experiment with launch of the mission outside NASA. “
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