NASA plans to award up to $87 million aerospace technology contracts to small businesses following the agency’s selection of 108 research and technology proposals.
The agency picked 98 general element proposals worth approximately $73.5 million and 10 select element proposals for nearly $13.5 million as part of the Small Business Innovation Research Program’s second phase, NASA said Friday.
Michael Gazarik, associate administrator for space technology at NASA, said the agency wants small businesses to work in areas such as air traffic control and Mars exploration.
“NASA’s future successes depends on the innovative capacity of American small businesses, and their ability to bring new technology to bear on the problems NASA tackles,” Gazarik added.
The projects are for human and robotic spacecraft power systems, new in-space propulsion systems, new telescope technologies, sensors for Earth research and robotic systems for planetary explorations.
Small businesses will also work to develop astronaut health monitoring technology and simulation environments for space studies under NASA’s SBIR program.