NASA Selects Propulsion SBIRs & STTRs

NASA LOGOAs I was looking through NASA’s recent small business selection announcement for propulsion-related projects, I have found that the space agency has selected 29 Small Business Innovation Research and 8 Small Business Technology Transfer proposals for funding.

The proposals cover a wide range of areas, including in-space propulsion for CubeSats to technologies for new launch vehicles. Several proposals are also focused on in-space propellant depots.

A list of the selected projects with links to the proposals follows.

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NASA Selects CubeSat & NanoSat Proposals for SBIR & STTR Awards

Two ESA CubeSats, the student-built AAUSat-5 and the professional technology demonstrator GomX-3, were deployed together from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015, going on to separate to begin their missions. (Credit: NASA)
Two ESA CubeSats, the student-built AAUSat-5 and the professional technology demonstrator GomX-3, were deployed together from the International Space Station on 5 October 2015, going on to separate to begin their missions. (Credit: NASA)

NASA has selected at at least 28 proposals involving Cube-, nano- and micro-sats for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer Research (STTR) Phase I awards.

The total includes 23 SBIR and five STTR projects. Companies are partnered with university researchers for the STTR awards.

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USAF Awards Additional Booster Maturation Contracts

USAF_Space_Missile_Systems_CenterBoeing and Arctic Slope Technical Services (ASTS) are the latest awardees under a U.S. Air Force program to mature booster technology.

The Space and Missile Systems Center (SMSC) awarded Boeing a contract worth $6,193,737.  ASTS received a contract worth $3,690,389.

The contract announcements do not specify the nature of the work involved. The contracts are part of a broad agency announcement focused on advanced materials and material manufacturing and development.

The overall goal is to fund technologies that will allow the nation to transition away from using Russian-produced RD-180 rocket engines on United Launch Alliance’s Atlas V booster.

SMSC has awarded nine contracts worth nearly $27.6 million under the announcement.  The center expects to award up to $32 million in contracts.

AWARDEEAMOUNT
Boeing$  6,193,737
Aerojet Rocketdyne$ 6,003,668
Northrop Grumman$ 5,465,705
Arctic Slope Technical Services$ 3,690,389
ATK Launch Systems Inc.$  3,125,810
Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering$    935,696
Tanner Research$    902,507
Moog Inc.$    728,337
Johns Hopkins University Whiting School of Engineering$    545,860
TOTAL:$27,591,709