August 31, 2009

NASA selects small-business projects

NASA says it has selected 16 small-business projects as part of its small-business research and technology transfer programs.

Officials of NASA's Small Business Innovation Research program selected 12 proposals with a total value of approximately $7.2 million. The awards went to 12 small, high-technology firms in nine states.

The Small Business Technology Transfer Program selected four proposals with a total value of approximately $2.4 million. NASA said the awards went to four small high-technology firms in four states, partnered with three research institutions in three states.

The space agency said the selections are in addition to 142 phase II SBIR awards announced Oct. 28 and 16 STTR phase II awards announced April 15.

Some of the research areas being pursued include:

-- Innovative technologies for improvement in design and analysis of flight deck automation.

-- Technologies for long-term cryogenic propellant storage applications in-space, on the lunar surface and on Earth.

-- Technologies providing novel approaches in reconfigurable, reprogrammable communication systems for human and robotic missions

NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., manages both programs.

A list of selected proposals and other information is available at