Aimed at space technologies advancing the commercial space industry and enabling future NASA missions
Space news (developing new space technology: the commercial space sector; the “Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO)” solicitation) – NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., the Office of Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) –
NASA put out a call today for American businesses looking to form long-term partnerships aimed at designing and developing new space technologies to enable the human journey to the beginning of space and time. The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) released an “Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity (ACO)” solicitation you can read that explains the opportunity better.
NASA’s looking to enable the development of new space technology by forming partnerships with commercial firms in the space industry and providing resources where available and appropriate. Business partners benefit from NASA technical expertise and test facilities, along with hardware and computer software designed and engineered to enable the development of current and new space technologies. Space sector partnerships between NASA and private firms can also reduce the cost of design and development of new space technologies and accelerate the inclusion of emerging commercial space technologies into future space missions.
“This ACO continues to build on STMD’s strategy to advance commercial space capabilities aligned with NASA’s long-term strategic goals,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for STMD at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “These partnerships will leverage NASA’s unique engineering expertise and test facilities to increase U.S. industry competitiveness in the space sector.”
Areas of space technology
This opportunity’s a limited one. NASA’s only seeking partnerships in four areas of space technology through this ACO:
- The design and development of space spacecraft launch systems.
- New commercial capabilities to produce low-cost yet reliable electronic systems for space.
- Advanced commercial space telecommunications technologies that can be used during future NASA space missions or infused into their infrastructure.
- Advanced small spacecraft chemical propulsion systems, sub-kW power level electric propulsion systems, and large-scale chemical cryogenic propulsion systems.
All partnerships must work on the advancement of commercially-developed space technologies that can benefit both private and government use and the human journey to the beginning of space and time in general.
Better hurry! All preliminary proposals have to be submitted by March 15, 2017. They’ll provide feedback on your ideas. After that, your final proposal’s due by May 31.
All awarded funds are in the form of non-reimbursable Space Act Agreements (no funds exchanged). You also need to be a profit-driven US firm looking to make some money and enable the human journey to the beginning of space and time.
Read more about NASA’s contributions to the human journey to the beginning of space and time here.
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Learn more about the work being done by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate here.