NASA announced a new partnership involving various aerospace organizations. This collaboration aims for advance technology related to landing on other planets, navigating the surface of the Moon, transferring propellants in space, and more.
There are currently 13 companies that have agreed to cooperate with NASA through the Announcement of Collaborative Opportunity initiative (ACO). In October, NASA requests proposals from industry, to see details of the technology they want to develop through the ACO program.
Companies that have been selected by NASA will be given expertise and resources from various NASA centers to help finalize space technology. Interestingly, the company will not be charged for anything.
SpaceX is one of the company
Among the 13 companies that NASA has chosen, there are two big names that are already familiar, namely SpaceX and Blue Origin. SpaceX will try to advance its technology to land large rockets vertically on the Moon with the Kennedy Space Center agency located in Florida.
In addition, SpaceX is also working with NASA’s Glenn Research Center and Marshall Space Flight Center to perfect the technology needed to transfer propellant in orbit.
On the other hand, Blue Origin will collaborate with NASA’s Johnson Space Center regarding navigation systems and guides that will enable proper landing at various locations of the Moon. Blue Origin will also collaborate with Glenn and Johnson on the fuel cell system for its Blue Moon landing.
Launch Engadget, Thursday (1/8/2019), finally, NASA will help Blue Origin develop high-temperature materials for liquid rocket engine nozzles that can be used on landing on the Moon.
Apart from that, NASA also has other projects that will help development, including compact hydrogen generators for heat shields, which can enable the space agency to send larger payloads to Mars.
In addition, NASA also helped Lockheed Martin create a plant growth system in space. That way, future explorers of the universe can grow and harvest food in space.