In an ongoing effort to promote commercial activity in space, NASA has chosen 13 companies to study the future of commercial human spacecraft in terrain, including long-range opportunities for the international space station.
The studies will assess the potential growth of a low-lane soil and how to best stimulate private demand for commercial human spacecraft. The portfolio of selected studies will contain specific industry concepts that describe business plans and feasibility for habitable platforms, whether they use the space station or separate free flying structures.
The studies will also provide NASA recommendations on the role of the government and evolutionary role space station in transferring US spacecraft operations into terrestrial to non-state enterprises.
"When the International Space Station was established, we could not have expected all the benefits it would give." Sam Scimemi, head of the International Space Station at NASA's headquarters.
"We are pleased to get this effort from the commercial market and aviation researchers to help shape a future flourishing space economy where companies contract with each other to carry out research and activities in the field."
They Selected companies are:
+ Axiom Space, LLC, Houston
+ Bigelow Aerospace, LLC in Las Vegas
+ Blue Origin, LLC, Kent, Washington
+ Boeing Company of Houston
+ Deloitte Consulting of Manhattan Beach, California
+ KBRWyle of Houston
+ Lockheed Martin Corporation, Littleton, Colorado
+ McKinsey and Company, Inc. of Washington, D.C.
+ NanoRacks, LLC, from Webster, Texas
+ Northrop Grumman of Dulles, Virginia
+ Sierra Nevada Corporation in Louisville, Colorado
+ Space Adventures, Inc., Vienna, Virginia
+ Space Systems / Loral, Inc. of Palo Alto, California
The unique concepts and analyzes derived from these studies will help NASA, the Administration and Congress develop a strategic approach to expanding US industry opportunities.
NASA's continued investment in a strong and ever-expanding US space-based low-soil soil industry will allow the agency to focus on longer horizons, as private companies continue to successfully provide groundbreaking missionary missions and take advantage of the opportunity to launch astronauts from American soil.
These awards are another step in NASA's efforts to promote a wide range of commercial activities in the field, where NASA will be one of many customers in the future.
Use of concepts and ideas offered through This opportunity will ensure the continuity of the human space flight and facilitate a lively and competitive industrial base for continued US leadership in space. [1
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