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August 18, 2016
NASA Selects Six Companies to Develop Prototypes, Concepts for Deep Space Habitats
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 18, 2016
NASA has selected six U.S. companies to help advance the Journey to Mars by developing ground prototypes and concepts for deep space habitats. Through the public-private partnerships enabled by the Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2) Broad Agency Announcement, Appendix A, NASA and industry partners will expand commercial development of space in low-Earth orbit while also improving deep space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missio ... read more

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