NASA Funds Test Flights for Private Experimental Rockets

September 1, 2010 at 9:40 am | Posted in Space Law Current Events | Leave a comment

by Sara M. Langston with the blog faculty

Source: Space.com

Two commercial space companies are set to launch experimental rockets on a series of test flights close to the edge of space, supported by new NASA funding.

NASA announced Monday that it has awarded a total of $475,000 to Armadillo Aerospace of Rockwall, Texas, and Masten Space Systems of Mojave, Calif., which are planning seven test flights this fall and winter.

“These two awards are just the beginning of an innovative teaming relationship with industry to provide affordable access to the edge of space while evaluating the microgravity environment for future science and technology experiments,” NASA chief technologist Bobby Braun said in a statement.

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