NASA Flight Opportunities Awards Contract to Near Space Corporation

A Near Space Corporation balloon lifts the firm's small HASS shuttle glider during a test flight in 2013. (Credit: Near Space Corp.)
A Near Space Corporation balloon lifts the firm’s small HASS shuttle glider during a test flight in 2013. (Credit: Near Space Corp.)

EDWARDS, Calif. (NASA PR) — NASA has awarded a Commercial Space Flight and Integrations Services contract to Near Space Corporation of Tillamook, Oregon, to provide commercial space flight and integration systems for the agency’s Flight Opportunities Program.

The Commercial Space Flight and Integrations Services contract is a multiple-award, firm-fixed-price contract that covers 48 months from the date of award and has a price ceiling of $45 million. The contract with Near Space Corporation is an individual indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract ceiling at $10 million.

The Flight Opportunities Program, managed by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington, works toward maturing flight readiness of new crosscutting technologies that advance or enable future space missions. The program provides flight opportunities for technology payloads on commercial suborbital space companies.

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  • therealdmt

    It looks like that HASS shuttle glider lets them launch something (carried inside the glider) to the edge of space via ballon and then, after whatever measurements or experiments are done, they can fly the equipment back down to Earth in the glider and land it on a runway. Another mission profile is to do a series of parabolic arcs (with zero g’s at the top) on the way down (until re-entering controlled airspace at FL 600) for experiments that need weightlessness. Those balloons really get up there.