NASA is investing a total of $44m (£34m) to help along 10 “tipping point” technologies, as part of public-private partnerships, to benefit space exploration in the future.
Amazon boss Jeff Bezos-owned Blue Origin is among the companies picked by NASA. The other five US companies that will help spur further exploration in projects like deep space rockets, cryogenics, lunar lander, among others are:
- United Launch Alliance
- Frontier Aerospace Corp
- Paragon Space Development Corp. of Tucson, Arizona
- California’s SSL
“These awards focus on technology collaborations with the commercial space sector that leverage emerging markets and capabilities to meet NASA’s exploration goals,” NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said in a statement. [Incredible Technology for Space Exploration]
“While these key technologies will support NASA’s science and human exploration missions in the future, these awards are yet another example of NASA’s commitment to our nation’s growing commercial space industry today,” he added.