NASA has entered collaborative partnerships with 10 private companies in a move to further space technologies built to grow the commercial space sector and support future space agency missions.
The space agency said Friday its space technology mission directorate forged the alliances via the Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity solicitation that paves the way for space act agreements between NASA and industry partners.
The NASA ACOs tackle four main topics which cover Small Launch Vehicle Technology Development, Reliable Electronics Technology Development, Advanced Communications Technology Development and In-space Propulsion Technology Development.
“These partnerships support the innovation economy, create U.S. jobs, and provide critical capabilities for future exploration and science missions,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for STMD at the NASA headquarters.
Industry members that will participate in the collaborative partnerships include LauncherOne, Relativity Space, UP Aerospace, Cubic Aerospace, Astrobotic Technology, Space Systems Loral, ATLAS Space Operations and ViaSat.
Busek and Blue Origin will also team up with NASA organizations to develop new propulsion capacities for future space missions.