Advanced Space Resource Utilization Technology Projects Supported by New NASA Awards to Deep Space Industries12 May 2015, 18:00 UTC
The SBIR and NIAC awards will support development of asteroid regolith simulants and production of in-space propellants
Silicon Valley, CA – NASA has selected Deep Space Industries (DSI) for two contracts devoted to developing critical technologies for utilizing asteroid resources. One will support the development of asteroid regolith simulants for terrestrial testing of technologies for excavation and processing of asteroid soil. The second award funds the investigation of methods to manufacture propellant from asteroids material. These awards represent the third and fourth NASA contracts won by the Silicon Valley based company in its two year history.
“We are excited to be working with NASA again on these new contracts. They show that we are on the same page on the need to do precursor work today that can enable industrial space activities tomorrow,” said Deep Space Industries Chair Rick Tumlinson. “We thank the agency for allowing us to work with them on such pioneering projects that help both the public and private sectors open the frontier. These projects, along with our commercial contracts, strike the perfect balance and show that DSI is multi-dimensional in approaching our mission to harvest and utilize space resources.”
These NASA contracts come on the heels ...