Monday, May 16, 2011

Suborbital Commercial Payloads

The Commercial Spaceflight Federation released a press release today promoting a NASA announcement of suborbital commercial payload contracts.

NASA has announced its first four payloads to fly on commercial suborbital spacecraft, kicking off a new era of low-cost technology R&D, science, and STEM education enabled by new commercial spacecraft being developed by Armadillo Aerospace, Blue Origin, Masten Space Systems, Virgin Galactic, and XCOR Aerospace. NASA also announced the latest round of payloads to fly on the Zero-G parabolic aircraft operated by Zero Gravity Corporation. NASA’s suborbital payloads announcement illustrates the high-payoff projects being pursued by NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT), a newly formed division whose purpose is to revitalize technology R&D at NASA through innovative research.

Florida Today reported last November that Masten had contracted to use Space Florida's Launch Complex 36 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

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