Three Companies Awarded DIU Unmanned Orbital Outpost Study Contracts


The Defense Innovation Unit has awarded contracts to three companies to study concepts for small, unmanned space stations in low-Earth orbit, SpaceNews reported Sunday.

Sierra Nevada Corp. announced in mid-July that it would repurpose the Shooting Star module, which was originally developed for the Dream Chaser spaceplane, as an unmanned orbital outpost under a contract with DIU.

The report said procurement data posted on the System for Award Management beta website shows that SNC secured a potential $439,100 contract from DIU in February for the initial phase of the Orbital Outpost Prototype Project.

The SAM beta website also shows that DIU awarded a $389,900 contract to Nanoracks and a $366K contract to Arkisys. Nanoracks CEO Jeffrey Manber confirmed to the publication that the company is working on the project with DIU.

“Nanoracks is currently performing a study for DIU, looking at cost-efficient means for repurposing in-space hardware,” Manber said Friday. “We are really pleased at the progress and share with DIU a vision of a more vibrant in-space ecosystem, where we make better use of the hardware in space rather than throwing away perfectly good space hardware post-primary mission.”

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