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For Release: July 2, 1999
Marshall Center Selects Innovative Proposals to
NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., has selected 13 proposals for negotiations to develop and demonstrate innovative technologies for reusable launch vehicles that could help reduce the cost of space transportation. The total estimated value of contracts and cooperative agreements is $16 million.
Better performance, streamlined operations and lightweight, long-life components are among the launch vehicle improvements expected to result from this technology development effort.
Technologies selected for further development will lead to better airframes and propulsion systems for launch vehicles of the future. Advanced operations, long-life reusable boosters and propulsion systems fueled by a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and kerosene-based fuel are among the technologies to be developed.
"This new activity will advance technologies aimed at making space transportation more like todays airline transportation," said Frederick Bachtel, deputy manager of the Marshall Centers Space Transportation Directorate. "The development of advanced reusable technologies for space transportation will significantly reduce the cost of getting to space and enhance U.S. commercial space launch competitiveness."
Selected proposers, work area and estimated cost to NASA are:
A total of 79 proposals was submitted in response to NASA Research Announcement 8-21, Cycle Two.
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