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NASA selects 17 U.S. companies for Moon technologies

Paris, 10 November 2020. – NASA selected 17 companies to further develop Moon technologies, the U.S. space agency announced.

NASA selected 17 U.S. companies for 20 partnerships to mature industry-developed space technologies for the Moon and beyond through the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s 2020 Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity, the agency said.

The selected proposals are relevant to technology topic areas outlined in the solicitation, including cryogenic fluid management and propulsion; advanced propulsion; sustainable power; in-situ propellant and consumable production; intelligent/resilient systems and advanced robotics; advanced materials and structures; entry, descent, and landing; and small spacecraft technologies.

The selections will result in Space Act Agreements between the companies and NASA. NASA will work with the companies to provide expertise and access to the agency’s unique testing facilities. The total estimated value of agency resources to support the agreements is approximately $15.5 million, NASA said.

The list of companies includes Rocket Lab, SpaceX and Space Systems Loral (Maxar).

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