In an attempt to back the commercial space stations development, NASA recently published a draft solicitation. With this announcement, an ex-NASA administrator called on the space industry to boost its investment in and the employment of such services.
Recently, a draft version of NASA’s call for proposals for “Commercial Destination Development in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Free Flyer” was published. The latest move by the space agency is the part of its NextSTEP (Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships) program. While the last date to accept the comments on the draft proposal is Oct. 30, its ultimate version is supposed to be published somewhere around Nov. 18, 2019.
In this program, the main motive of the space agency is to back the commercial facilities development in LEO separate from the ISS, hence the term “free flyer.” According to the draft solicitation of this proposal, this effort is mainly focused on “growing and displaying commercial destination technologies and markets in LEO,” which is an element of a wider commercialization project. Reportedly, the project was announced in June 2019 and incorporates a distinct NextSTEP solicitation for commercial modules to be added to the ISS. A collective amount of approximately $561 Million is supposed to be spent by NASA through the financial year 2024 on the free flyer initiatives and the commercial ISS module. In its latest statement, NASA highlighted its plans to offer one or more awards for preliminary studies of commercial space stations.
On a similar note, the Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite is scheduled to be launched by NASA this week. The latest satellite to be launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station is supposed to revolve around Earth and study the scenario when the Earth weather and space weather intermingle in Earth’s ionosphere.
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