NASA Awards Contracts to 248 Small Businesses, Research Facilities to Develop Tech for Future Moon Mission

Jeff Brody

NASA has picked 248 small businesses and research organizations to support the government’s mission to send humans back to the moon by 2024 and to build a sustainable platform in lunar orbit for future deep space exploration.

The companies and institutions will share $45M in funding from NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs, the agency said Wednesday.

NASA selected 363 proposals from the winners, of which nearly 100 are small businesses receiving their first SBIR or STTR contracts from NASA.

All the proposals will support aeronautics, human space exploration, and other scientific areas. Examples of submitted proposals include an intelligent wheel for space vehicles that can also be used for tractors on Earth and a lightweight solar panel made of film material that can be rolled up and delivered more easily than their inflexible counterparts.

“We are excited about the entrepreneurial, innovative ideas that these small businesses are bringing to the table,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator for Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA.

“The technologies show great promise in helping NASA achieve its objectives across all mission areas, including our efforts to send American astronauts to the moon, and then on to Mars, while also providing a long-term boost to the American economy,” he added.

The SBIR and STTR programs will run in three phases. Phase one involved selection of the proposals, and will be followed by phase two, which will focus on creating the technology, conducting trial runs and delivering the finished products.

Eventually, the final phase will involve funding small businesses to bring their new products and services to the private sector.

You may also be interested in...


Microsoft Launches Virtual Desktop for Azure Gov’t Customers

Microsoft has made desktop virtualization service generally available to customers of the Azure Government cloud platform in an effort to help agencies manage remote workload. The Azure Gov Team wrote in a blog post published Wednesday the Windows Virtual Desktop supports a zero-trust approach for securing remote workforce, devices, data and applications.

Matthew Bromberg

Pratt & Whitney to Study F-35 Propulsion Tech Upgrade Options; Matthew Bromberg Quoted

Raytheon Technologies' Pratt & Whitney business has received a $1.5M contract from the Department of Defense's F-35 Joint Program Office to explore propulsion system development requirements for the fighter aircraft's next configuration.

Enrique Oti CTO Second Front Systems

Air Force Vet Enrique Oti Joins Second Front Systems as CTO

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Enrique Oti has been named chief technology officer of San Francisco-based software developer Second Front Systems.