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NASA Selects Companies To Study Solar Electric Propulsion Spacecraft



Sept. 13, 2011

J.D. Harrington/Michael Braukus 
Headquarters, Washington 
202-358-5241/1979 
j.d.harrington@xxxxxxxx / michael.j.braukus@xxxxxxxx 

Katherine K. Martin 
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland 
216-433-2406 
katherine.k.martin@xxxxxxxx   


RELEASE: 11-299

NASA SELECTS COMPANIES TO STUDY SOLAR ELECTRIC PROPULSION SPACECRAFT

WASHINGTON -- NASA has selected five companies to develop concepts for 
demonstrating solar electric propulsion in space. These capabilities 
are important for the agency's future human exploration missions to 
deep space. 

The selected companies, pending successful contract negotiations, are: 

-- Analytical Mechanics Associates Inc., Hampton, Va. 
-- Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., Boulder, Colo. 
-- The Boeing Company, Huntington Beach, Calif. 
-- Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company, Littleton, Colo. 
-- Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Redondo Beach, Calif. 

The awards total approximately $3 million with a maximum individual 
contract award of $600,000. Each company will provide a final report 
to help define a mission concept to demonstrate the solar electric 
propulsion technologies, capabilities, and infrastructure required 
for sustainable, affordable human presence in space. 

The ability to move payloads reliably and cost effectively to high 
Earth orbits and beyond is critical for deep space human exploration. 
The mission concept studies will identify technology gaps and look at 
innovative technical solutions for transportation using solar 
electric propulsion systems. 

NASA will use the studies to plan and implement a future flight 
demonstration mission that will test and validate key capabilities 
and technologies. NASA's Exploration Technology Development Program 
is funding the studies. The Space Technology Office at NASA's Glenn 
Research Center in Cleveland is managing the contracts. 

For more information about NASA exploration and other programs, visit: 



http://www.nasa.gov/exploration   

	
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