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NASA has selected 14 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue development of innovative technologies that are needed for future NASA missions and could become viable commercial products and services.
NASA’s Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) ProgramÂ uses a highly competitive, three-phase award system that provides collaborative opportunities between qualified small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, and research institutions to address specific technology gaps in NASA’s programs. Selected projects provide a foundation for future technology developments and are complementary to other NASA research investments.
Electees in NASA’s STTR Program may enter negotiations for possible contract awards, worth a combined total of approximatelyÂ $9.8 million. High-tech firms in seven states submitted proposals in partnership with research institutions in nine states.
“As teams in our Small Business Technology Transfer Program move into their second phase of development, we’ll see innovative concepts mature into viable technologies that can be incorporated into NASA’s exploration plans and benefit our technology based economy,” saidÂ Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology inÂ Washington. “Through modest investments in technology development among American small business and research institution teams, we’re planting the seed corn that will keep NASA leading the way forward in space exploration, and America leading the world in high-tech business enterprises.”