NASA has chosen 21 innovationÂ proposals from 41 U.S. small businesses and research institutionsÂ that aim to help the space agency developÂ adaptive space robotic technologiesÂ and other explorationÂ systems.
The selecteesÂ will have an opportunity to enter negotiations with NASA for phase 2 contracts under the Small Business Technology Transfer program, with each contract valued at up to $750,000 over a two-year performance period, the agencyÂ said Friday.
Click hereÂ to viewÂ NASA’s full list of STTR Phase II selectees.
“These selected proposals demonstrate the creativity of American entrepreneurs and, along with our other technology investments, will contribute to ensuring the U.S. remains a leader in technology development and space exploration,â€ said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASAâ€™s space technology mission directorate.
One of the proposals seeks to study the use of a fuel grain as propellant for CubeSats and NanoSats, previously conceptualized and tested during the programâ€™s first phase.
Another study aims to combine current CubeSat technology with three-dimensional printing technology and an in-situ resource utilization water extraction system to sustain space exploration.
Phase 2Â projects will build on the outcomes of researchÂ effortsÂ completed under the first phase of the STTR program.
The program is managed by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.