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NASA Selects Two Firms for Experimental Space Vehicle Test Flights

WASHINGTON -- NASA's Commercial Reusable Suborbital Research Program (CRuSR) has awarded a total of approximately $475,000 to Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas and Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif. The awards will allow the two companies to perform test flights of their experimental vehicles near the edge of space.

The flights will demonstrate the capabilities of new vehicles to provide recoverable launch and testing of small payloads going to "near-space," the region of Earth's atmosphere between 65,000 and 350,000 feet. The CRuSR program fosters the development of commercial reusable transportation to near space. The overall goal of the program is regular, frequent and predictable access to near-space at a reasonable cost with easy recovery of intact payloads.

"These two awards are just the beginning of an innovative teaming relationship with industry to provide affordable access to the edge of space while evaluating the microgravity environment for future science and technology experiments," said NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun at NASA Headquarters in Washington. "CRuSR represents the sort of government-commercial partnership that will facilitate near-space access at affordable costs."

The CRuSR awards will fund two flights ...Read More

CRuSR included in ROSES 2010

Proposal opportunities involving commercial reusable suborbital vehicles through the CRuSR program have been included in the ongoing solicitation for Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2010.

From Amendment 11 to the ROSES-2010 call:

Commercial reusable suborbital research (CRuSR) vehicles may offer new capabilities for the conduct of NASA scientific research, education, and technology advancement. CRuSR vehicles are anticipated to be operational by 2011, and there may also be flight research opportunities as the vehicles are tested and demonstrated.

The use of these commercial services may reduce the cost of suborbital flight research by leveraging private investment. In FY 2011, NASA plans to establish a Flight Opportunities Program. This program office will assist proposers with CRuSR vehicle platforms. The Flight Opportunities Program will reside within the Office of the Chief Technologist. Proposals seeking use of CRuSR platforms must take advantage of the platform’s unique capabilities. Proposers interested in using CRuSR vehicles to conduct an Earth or space science investigation must identify a vehicle that can provide the technical capabilities required to conduct the proposed investigation. Proposals must be for investigations that make use of an attached payload; the payload must be operated autonomously or remotely. No NASA sponsored ...Read More

CRuSR at NewSpace 2010

Late July Douglas Maclise of the CRuSR Program Office at NASA Ames Research Center presented the current status of the CRuSR program to an audience at the NewSpace2010 conference in Sunnyvale, California. His presentation and the follow-on panel discussion with members of the commercial reusable suborbital community is available online for viewing. The CRuSR presentation by Douglas Maclise is between 14:15 to 24:05:

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