NASA Selects 10 Early Stage Innovation Proposals

WASHINGTON (NASA PR) — NASA has selected 10 university-led proposals for study of innovative, early-stage space technologies designed to improve shielding from space radiation, spacecraft thermal management and optical systems. The 1-year grants are worth approximately $250,000 each, with an additional year of research possible.


Aerojet Awarded Green Propulsion Demo Mission Contract

SACRAMENTO, Calif., Oct. 16, 2012 (Aerojet PR) – Aerojet, a GenCorp (NYSE: GY) company, announced today that it will demonstrate a reduced toxicity monopropellant blend that offers improved performance and simplified handling processes over hydrazine, the traditional propellant choice for spacecraft.

Under contract to Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. of Boulder, Colo., Aerojet will perform the technology demonstration mission, known as the Green Propellant Infusion Mission, or GPIM, for NASA’s Space Technology Program.


NASA to Announce Composite Cryotank Contractor

NASA PR — WASHINGTON — NASA will hold a media teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to announce the company that will lead the agency’s Composite Cryotank Technologies Demonstration effort.

The selected company will design and manufacture two lightweight composite cryogenic propellant tanks. The demonstration effort will use advanced composite materials and manufacturing techniques to develop new technologies that could be applied to multiple future NASA missions, including human space exploration beyond low Earth orbit. The Composite Cryotank Technologies Demonstration effort is part of NASA’s Space Technology Program.