Space Access 10: NASA’s Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research

Douglas Maclise, NASA Ames
Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research (CRuSR)

NASA’s commitment – $15 per year/5 years = $75 million

CRuSR will:

  • purchase flights from commercial suborbital providers
  • develop basic technology and equipment
  • fly automated experiment for the initial years until the commercial industry can prove sufficient reliability to fly researchers
  • NOT  fund research except in a very few circumstances (although other parts of NASA may fund projects)

NASA commitment will help to jump-start what will be a large suborbital research industry

Unprecedented capability to explore the “ignorosphere” – region of the atmosphere that rockets zip through

Instruments will be attached to the exterior of vehicles to gather atmospheric data

Enormous opportunity to researchers to fly often – can take greater risks on technology development than they can now.