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NASA Selects Two Technologies for Commercial Suborbital Tests

24 Aug 2012, 17:37 UTC
NASA Selects Two Technologies for Commercial Suborbital Tests
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EDWARDS, CA - NASA’s Flight Opportunities Program has selected two new technologies to fly on commercial reusable suborbital vehicles. The flights will test the payloads' functionality before full deployment on future missions. One technology will be tested on a suborbital reusable launch vehicle and the other will be tested on a high altitude balloon.The two technologies selected for flight are:"Validating Telemetric Imaging Hardware for Crew-Assisted and Crew-Autonomous Biological Imaging in Suborbital Applications", Robert Ferl of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fl., is the principal investigator."Stratospheric Parabolic Flight Technology", Steven Collicott of Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., is the principal investigator.The latter payload is tentatively scheduled to be flown on Near Space Corporation's Tillamook high-altitude balloon, using its High Altitude Shuttle System (HASS) payload carrier to test a suite of instruments in parabolic flight to provide a microgravity environment.The suborbital vehicle provider has yet to be been determined for the technology from the University of Florida.NASA's Flight Opportunities Program seeks to provide low-cost access to suborbital space, where researchers can expose technologies to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere and brief periods of weightlessness in a reduced gravity environment using commercial space vehicles. NASA is encouraging the growth of this ...

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