The selected teams of small technology firms and research institutions will further develop their technologies under the $17.2 million Small Business Technology Transfer Phase II program, NASA said Friday.
Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for space technology at NASA, said the goal is to mature systems for use in Mars and asteroid exploration missions.
Phase II will demonstrate new in-space propellant and autonomous navigation systems as well as new advanced materials production methods.
Organizations that complete second-phase work have the chance to move into the private sector-backed technology commercialization phase, according to NASA.
The STTR program is managed by the agency’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California.