NASA invests millions in ‘out there’ projects

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NASA has revealed the details of its latest crop of space technology grants totalling a whopping $45 million.

Each year, NASA funds a variety of promising science and technology projects through its Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

“At NASA, we recognize that small businesses are facing unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic,” said STMD associate administrator Jim Reuter.

“This year, to get funds into the hands of small businesses sooner, we accelerated the release of the 2021 SBIR/STTR Phase I solicitation by two months.”

“We hope the expedited funding helps provide a near-term boost for future success.

This year 289 small businesses and 47 research institutions received funding through the program.

The technologies being developed include a laser power beaming system for use on the moon, an ultra-high-temperature facility for testing and evaluating space nuclear reactor core and fuel components, integrated flight controls for flying taxis and an infrasonic monitoring system.

“NASA SBIR/STTR interfaces with entrepreneurs pushing the boundaries of innovation,” said program executive Jason L. Kessler.

“We’re proud to partner with a diverse group of innovators and expand the reach of NASA across the country.”


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