NASA looks to support development of commercial space stations

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NASA issued Oct. 3 a draft version of its call for proposals for what it calls Commercial Destination Development in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) Free Flyer, part of its Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program. NASA looks to support development of commercial space ... — As NASA releases a draft solicitation to support development of commercial space stations, a former agency administrator is calling on industry to step up its investment in and use of such facilities. NASA issued Oct. 3 a draft version of its call for proposals for what it calls Commercial Destination Development in Low […] Comments on the draft proposal are due Oct. 30, with a final version expected for release around Nov. 18.

The program seeks to support development of commercial facilities in low Earth orbit separate from the ISS, hence the term ‘free flyer.’ The draft solicitation states that the goal of the effort is ‘to develop and demonstrate commercial destination technologies and markets in LEO,’ part of a broader commercialization initiative announced in June that includes a separate NextSTEP solicitation for commercial modules to be added to the ISS.

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