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NASA Picks 5 Research Proposals to Determine Commercial Space Devt Opportunities

NASA has picked five research studies that seek to analyze investment drivers in the space economy and identify new commercial space development opportunities.

The agency said Wednesday the five proposals were selected through a competitive process for this year’s NASA Research Announcement and will cover various topics such as the economic and societal impacts of space weather events; space-based solar power generation; and roadmaps for commercial space technologies.

“The results of these studies provide insights into the potential economic impacts of new space-based capabilities and applications which in turn helps guide our investments in technology development,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s space technology mission directorate.

L.K. Kubendran, portfolio executive for NASA’s commercial partnerships, said the agency received 23 proposals and those submissions seek to reflect the space community’s interest to advance commercial space development.

NASA selected the proposals from companies and academic institutions that include:

  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Planetary Resource Engineering
  • University of Illinois, Urbana
  • Vision Foresight Strategy

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