NASA seeks proposals for deep space missions
NASA is preparing to launch its Orion spacecraft in December and its Space Launch System (SLS) is scheduled to fly by 2018. However, impressive as this is, more is needed if buyer's regret isn't to set in. To avoid this, the space agency is asking for proposals to develop new technologies to send astronauts to the asteroids and Mars using "sustainable, evolvable, multi-use space capabilities."
The Broad Area Announcement (BAA) isn't for fully-devoted technologies, but offers funds for studies aimed at the development of three areas of advanced propulsion systems, space habitats, and nanosatellites.
PropulsionNASA has had success with
HabitatsAnother area of interest is
NanosatellitesThese will be carried as piggyback payloads on the
NASA is accepting proposals electronically from US companies, nonprofits and international institutions until December 12.