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NASA Picks Five Proposals to “Change The Game“ of American Space Tech; Boeing Among Two Companies Chosen

NASA Picks Five Proposals to “Change The Game“ of American Space Tech; Boeing Among Two Companies Chosen - top government contractors - best government contracting event

NASA Picks Five Proposals to “Change The Game“ of American Space Tech; Boeing Among Two Companies Chosen - top government contractors - best government contracting eventNASA’s Space Technology Program has announced the five proposals chosen to “change the game“ of American space tech capabilities.

The list is the result of the agency's request for proposals issued last March for innovations with a “game-changing“ impact on NASA's space competencies.

The five proposals all present solutions for major technological impediments in science and exploration missions. They also seek to lessen the cost of government and commercial space activities.

According to NASA, all of the projects were selected through technical merit and their compatibility with NASA’s Space Technology Roadmap.   

Contract awards range from $125,000 to $1.8 million with an estimated total of $6 million through 2015.

The following is a list of the winning projects.

“Representing and Exploiting Cumulative Experience with Objects for Autonomous Manipulation“ from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

It proposes to enhance autonomous robotic operations utilizing artificial intelligence for deep space missions.

The second project is entitled “Lightweight High Performance Acoustic Suppression Technology Development“ from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

This innovation aims to subdue acoustic environment during launch through minimizing vibrations.

The “Fast Light Optical Gyroscopes for Precision Inertial Navigation“ of NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

It seeks to heighten spacecraft navigation capabilities through enhancing gyroscope performance.

Another proposal is the “EHD-Based Variable Conductance Thermal Interface Material“ from The Boeing Company in El Segundo, California.

The project intends to develop and improve the thermal material which may supply better spacecraft heat management.

The last proposal is called “Membrane Enabled Reverse Lung“ from the Oceaneering Space Systems in Houston.

Further development of the project may minimize the amount of life support systems needed for astronauts.

Michael Gazarik, director of the Space Technology program at NASA Headquarters in Washington, said they are confident that their selections will lead them into the next phase of NASA space technology.  

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