Author Topic: NASA Awards Contract for Suborbital Flight Services  (Read 2951 times)

Offline Chris Bergin

NASA has selected Blue Origin, LLC, in Van Horn, Texas, to integrate and fly technology payloads near the boundary of space on their New Shepard suborbital spacecraft in support of NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program.

This is the sixth company selected for an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract under the Suborbital Reusable Launch Vehicle (sRLV) Flight and Payload Integration Services solicitation, which has a combined value not to exceed $45 million.

Starting June 1, the contract with Blue Origin will compete with the other program companies for task orders to deliver payload integration and flight services. All task orders must be initiated within the contract's three-year performance period.

“We are pleased to have Blue Origin join our cadre of Flight Opportunities service providers,” said Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) in Washington. “Adding additional flight providers enables NASA and the broader aerospace community to demonstrate and transition space technologies, developing new capabilities faster and, potentially, at lower cost.”

This contract is a continuation of contracts awarded in 2014 and 2015, providing commercial capabilities using proven flight systems. The contract allows for ramping on of new vendors and the addition of new flight profiles on at least an annual basis, as determined by the government’s requirements.

Blue Origin will join the following firms currently under contract:

    Masten Space Systems, Inc., Mojave, California
    Near Space Corporation, Tillamook, Oregon
    UP Aerospace, Inc., Littleton, Colorado
    Virgin Galactic, LLC, New York
    World View Enterprises, Inc., Tucson, Arizona

Through the Flight Opportunities Program, STMD selects promising technologies from industry, academia and government, and tests them on commercial launch vehicles. The Flight Opportunities Program is funded by STMD, and managed at NASA's Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California. STMD is responsible for developing the crosscutting, pioneering, new technologies and capabilities needed by the agency to achieve its current and future missions.

For more information about the Flight Opportunities Program, visit:

For more information about NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

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Re: NASA Awards Contract for Suborbital Flight Services
« Reply #1 on: 06/02/2016 10:23 pm »
NanoRacks Developing Research Hardware Exclusively for Blue Origin’s New Shepard

NanoRacks is excited to announce today a new product line for standardized hardware exclusively for Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle.

For each locker with NanoRacks interfaces, the NanoRacks-New Shepard Platform (NR-NSP) will support up to 12 2U payloads with:

    Event sense interface with Blue Origin
    DC power isolation and conditioning
    Single Board Computer interface to experiment via USB3
    Additional avionics interface infrastructure, as needed to support experiment platforms
    One power interface PCB to combine and protect power inputs with Diodes, Poly-fuses, EMI pre-filter, and LED array for status and visual diagnostics

And of course, NanoRacks will be providing the customer service that has brought over 350 payloads to space to date.

This follows our July 2015 announcement of our teaming with Blue Origin for NanoRacks to offer business development and payload integration services for the suborbital vehicle. The NanoRacks team is hard at work preparing for the first hardware flight, and is ready to welcome customers – from primary school to commercial organizations to government agencies – to be among the first to conduct research in suborbital space onboard the New Shepard vehicle.

The NanoRacks team is present at the Next-Generation Suborbital Researchers Conference to get you started on your microgravity research. Be sure to find us, with Blue Origin, at booth #3 in the Interlocken Foyer.

For further information, you may visit:, or send a message at [email protected] to inquire about your suborbital research experiment.

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