NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected 13 space technology payloads for flights on commercial reusable launch vehicles, and a commercial parabolic aircraft. These flights provide cutting-edge technologies with a valuable platform to conduct tests, before they enter use in the harsh environment of space.
This latest selection represents the eighth cycle of NASA’s Announcement of Flight Opportunities, and raises the total number of technologies selected for test flights facilitated by the Flight Opportunities Program of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate to 138.
Eleven of these new payloads will ride on parabolic aircraft flights, which provide brief periods of weightlessness. Two will fly on suborbital reusable launch vehicle test flights. The flights are expected to take place in 2014 and 2015. The selected proposals requested flights on Zero-G Corporation’s Boeing 727 parabolic flight aircraft, UP Aerospace’s Space-Loft rocket and Masten Space Systems’ Xombie vertical takeoff/vertical landing rocket.
The payloads selected for parabolic aircraft flights are:
The payloads selected for flight on a suborbital reusable launch vehicle are:
NASA manages the Flight Opportunities manifest, matching payloads with flights, and will pay for payload integration and the flight costs for the selected payloads. No funds are provided for the development of these payloads.
The Flight Opportunities Program, part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, is managed at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards, Calif. NASA’s Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., manages the solicitation and selection of technologies to be tested and demonstrated on commercial flight vehicles.
For more information on the Flight Opportunities program, visit: http://flightopportunities.nasa.gov
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