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NASA announces partnerships with firms, including SpaceX and Blue Origin, to develop space technologies
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NASA has announced partnerships with 17 U.S. companies to advance a range of commercial space technologies.
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“The NASA and industry teams will design a 3D printing system for NASA’s Artemis lunar exploration program, test a simple method for removing dust from planetary solar arrays, mature a first-stage rocket recovery system for a small satellite launch provider, and more,” explained the space agency, in a statement.
Companies partnering with NASA include SpaceX, Blue Origin, Orbital Sciences Corp. and Aerojet Rocketdyne.
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The 20 partnership projects encompass areas such as cryogenic fluid management and propulsion, advanced propulsion, sustainable power, propellant, advanced robotics, advanced materials and structures, entry, descent, and landing, as well as small spacecraft technologies, according to NASA.
Secaucus, N.J.-based AI SpaceFactory will work on a material that mimics lunar regolith, or dirt. “Working with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the company will 3D print a test structure in a vacuum chamber that mimics environmental conditions on the moon,” the space agency explained. “The research could inform a 3D printing system for constructing large surface structures from in-situ materials on other worlds."