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NASA awards $135m to US SMEs

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The space agency has issued contracts to hundreds of small businesses across the US for the development of innovative technologies.

NASA awards $135m to US SMEs
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NASA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program has awarded 140 new Phase II contracts valued at US$105 million ($135 million) to 127 US small businesses, aimed at funding their development of new technologies.

The SMEs selected for Phase II funding received initial SBIR Phase I contracts in 2020 to demonstrate the capabilities of their innovations for potential contributions to NASA’s human exploration, space technology, science, and aeronautics programs.

The Phase II awards provide each recipient with up to $750,000 to advance their technologies toward potential commercialisation, with the SMEs to spend up to two years developing, demonstrating, and delivering their proposed projects.

“These small businesses received Phase I awards towards the onset of the global pandemic and persevered through it to evolve promising up-and-coming technology solutions,” Jim Reuter, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, said.

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“As the government helps get small businesses back on track, we value their commitment and dedication to supporting NASA missions and goals.”

The program offers additional funding  for small businesses that successfully demonstrate their technologies.

“The Phase II contract period is an exciting time, as small businesses put their ideas into practice and develop prototypes attractive to NASA and private investors,” NASA SBIR program executive Jason Kessler said.

“The selected technologies have displayed great potential impacts for their respective sectors, and we are proud to continually invest in today’s booming aerospace economy through these small businesses.”

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