The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has selected for development 368 small business innovation projects that include research aimed to introduce new technologies into agency missions and transition them into commercially available products and services.
The selected awards are part of NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR), and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) programs, which are managed by agency’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif..
Among the others, research areas of selected proposals include:
– advanced aerospace adhesives to minimize aging and increase durability of aircraft,
– novel computational tools to better design future hypersonic spacecraft, new approaches to fire suppression in spacecraft environments,
– technologies to monitor crew health and well being using very small scale testing devices,
– new instruments for small lunar rovers or landers to enable critical mineralogical analysis for studying regolith, rock, ice, and dust samples, and
– advanced transmitters for deep space communications.
In details, the SBIR program selected 335 proposals, whose combined value is approximately $33.5m.
The SBIR Phase 1 contracts will be awarded to 245 small, high technology firms operating in 36 states.
The STTR program chose 33 proposals having a combined value of approximately $3.3m.
The STTR Phase 1 contracts will be awarded to 31 small high technology firms in 19 states. These firms will partner with 26 universities and research institutions in 20 states.
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