NASA has funded the development of a dozen new technologies that could help humanity extend its footprint out into the solar system.
The awards, which were granted via a program called Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP), set up NASA partnerships with 10 aerospace companies and one public university to develop tech in three different areas:
1) advanced electric propulsion
2) human habitation
3) Small satellites
“Commercial partners were selected for their technical ability to mature key technologies and their commitment to the potential applications both for government and private-sector uses,” William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for Human Exploration and Operations at NASA Headquarters, said in a statement.