NASA agrees to work with SpaceX on orbital refueling technology

On Tuesday afternoon, NASA announced 19 new partnerships with 10 US companies to help bring more cutting-edge technologies closer to production use in spaceflight, writes Eric Berger for ArsTechnica.com.

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WASHINGTON - On Tuesday afternoon, NASA announced 19 new partnerships with 10 US companies to help bring more cutting-edge technologies closer to production use in spaceflight. There were a lot of useful engineering ideas here, such as precision landing systems and robotic plant farms, but perhaps the most intriguing one involved the rocket company SpaceX and two of NASA's field centers—the Glenn Research Center in Ohio and the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama.

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The Intelligent Aerospace take:

Date Here-In addition to SpaceX, NASA will be working with myriad companies to source advanced communications, navigation, avionics, advanced materials, entry, descent, and landing equipment, in-space manufacturing and assembly tools, power systems, propulsion, and other technologies.

“NASA’s proven experience and unique facilities are helping commercial companies mature their technologies at a competitive pace,” said Jim Reuter, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD). “We’ve identified technology areas NASA needs for future missions, and these public-private partnerships will accelerate their development so we can implement them faster.”

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