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NASA chooses 7 firms to provide near-space flight services

August 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
NASA has chosen seven companies to provide near-space flight services, and four of them are from Southern California.

The firms will be part of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program.

All the companies will be given two-year contracts, worth a combined total of $10 million.

They will allow NASA to draw from a pool of commercial space companies to deliver payload integration and flight services.

"Through this catalog approach, NASA is moving toward the goal of making frequent, low-cost access to near-space available to a wide range of engineers, scientists and technologists," said NASA Chief Technologist Bobby Braun.

The selected companies are:

  • Armadillo Aerospace, Heath, Texas
  • Near Space Corp., Tillamook, Ore.
  • Masten Space Systems, Mojave, Calif.
  • Up Aerospace Inc., Highlands Ranch, Colo.
  • Virgin Galactic, Mojave, Calif.
  • Whittinghill Aerospace LLC, Camarillo, Calif.
  • XCOR, Mojave, Calif.

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