NASA signs $416 mn space development agreements with three companies

14:54, 03 December 2021
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NASA has signed three agreements with US private companies Nanoracks, Blue Origin, and Northrop Grumman to develop space station projects that would replace the International Space Station (ISS) in the future, the US Space Administration said on Thursday.

The total amount of funds that NASA will pay for the design of new stations is $415,6 million.

In 2019, NASA announced the Commercial LEO Destinations (CLD) project, under which private aerospace companies will receive funding to create an "economic environment" in low Earth orbit.

“Building on our successful initiatives to partner with private industry to deliver cargo, and now our NASA astronauts, to the International Space Station, NASA is once again leading the way to commercialize space activities,” said NASA Administrator Bill Nelson.

NASA plans to create the conditions to accommodate at least two astronauts at the station, ensure the constant presence of crews at the station, a flexible crew rotation schedule, including the possible accommodation of astronauts for six months, a year or longer, as well as providing conditions for a comfortable stay of people.

The report read that NASA will allocate for the project up to $ 400 million for the period from 2022 to 2025.

On November 24, NASA and SpaceX tested spacecraft to protect Earth from asteroids.