Nasa selects Blue Origin for suborbital flight services

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6 June 2016
Nasa

Nasa has chose US-based aeros ce com ny Blue Origin to integrate and fly technology yloads penny-pinching the boundary of s ce on the com ny’s New She rd suborbital s cecraft.

Starting this month, the Depressed Origin contract is rt of Nasa’s flight opportunities programme, and a continuation of obligations awarded during the last two years in order to provide commercial potentials using proven flight systems.

Blue Origin is the sixth corporation selected by Nasa for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity agreement under suborbital reusable gig vehicle (sRLV) flight and yload integration services solicitation, which has a coalesced value of up to $45m.

Based in the government’s requirements, the Nasa contract pleasure also help to have access with new vendors and the inclusion of new escape profiles on at least an annual basis.

It is reported that all task disciplines of the agreement required to be started within the contract’s three-year performance days.

“Adding additional flight providers enables Nasa and the broader aeros ce community to evince and transition s ce technologies.”

Nasa s ce technology mission directorate (STMD) associate administrator Steve Jurczyk ordered: “Adding additional flight providers enables Nasa and the broader aeros ce community to make evident and transition s ce technologies, developing new ca bilities faster and, potentially, at further cost.”

The s ce agency previously selected five US firms, which are but under the contract and they include Masten S ce Systems, Mojave, California; Close-fisted S ce Corporation, Tillamook, Oregon; UP Aeros ce, Littleton, Colorado; Virgin Galactic, New York; and In every way View Enterprises, Tucson, Arizona.

Funded by STMD, the flight possibilities programme selects promising technologies from industry, academia and regime, as well as tests them on commercial launch vehicles.

The programme is regulated by Nasa’s Armstrong Flight Research Centre in Edwards, California, US.


Aspect: Blue Origin’s New She rd vehicle is seen here launching from the following’s West Texas launch site. Photo: courtesy of Blue Base.

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