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NASA : NASA to Discuss Latest Developments in Solar Electric Propulsion for Future Deep Space Exploration.- NASA discute sobre los últimos avances en propulsión eléctrica solar para la futura exploración del espacio profundo

Hola amigos: A VUELO DE UN QUINDE EL BLOG., El anterior es un prototipo de 13 kilovatios Salón empujador durante las pruebas en el Glenn Research Center de la NASA en Cleveland. Este prototipo demostró la disponibilidad de la tecnología necesaria para la industria para continuar el desarrollo de alta potencia de la propulsión eléctrica solar en un sistema de vuelo calificado.
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13-kilowatt Hall thruster being evaluated at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland
Above is a prototype 13-kilowatt Hall thruster during testing at NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. This prototype demonstrated the technology readiness needed for industry to continue the development of high-power solar electric propulsion into a flight-qualified system.
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NASA will host a media teleconference at 11:30 a.m. EDT Thursday, April 21, to discuss the latest advances in the agency’s development of solar electric propulsion (SEP) for deep space exploration.

Tuesday’s award of a contract to Aerojet Rocketdyne, Inc. for the design and development of an advanced electric propulsion system is the latest SEP milestone. A new electric propulsion system could significantly advance the nation's commercial space capabilities, and enable future deep space missions, including NASA's Journey to Mars.

The teleconference participants will be:
  • Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate in Washington
  • Bryan Smith, director of the Space Flight Systems Directorate at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland

To participate in the teleconference, media must contact Gina Anderson at 202-358-1160 or gina.n.anderson@nasa.gov by 9 a.m. Thursday for dial-in information.

Audio of the teleconference will stream live online at: 

An advanced electric propulsion system could potentially increase spaceflight transportation fuel efficiency by 10 times over current chemical propulsion technology and more than double thrust capability compared to current electric propulsion technology. The next step will be to demonstrate this new electric propulsion system in space. Development of this technology will advance future in-space transportation capability for a variety of deep space human and robotic exploration missions, such as the NASA’s Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM), as well as private commercial space missions.

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Gina Anderson
Headquarters, Washington

Lori Rachul
Glenn Research Center, Cleveland
Last Updated: April 19, 2016
Editor: Karen Northon

NASA Seeks Proposals for Deep Space Habitation Prototypes

NASA is soliciting proposals for the development of prototypes for deep space habitats that will give astronauts a place to call home during long-duration missions supporting the agency’s Journey to Mars.

The solicitation, Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships-2 (NextSTEP-2), is a follow-on to the NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) released in October 2014 and requesting industry proposals for concept studies and technology development projects in the areas of habitation, advanced propulsion and small satellites.

NASA’s Orion crew spacecraft and Space Launch System are the agency’s first major components for establishing a human presence in deep space. With these transportation systems progressing toward their maiden flight in 2018, NASA now is looking toward investments in deep space habitation -- the next major component of human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit.

NextSTEP is a public-private partnership model that seeks commercial development of deep space exploration capabilities to support more extensive human spaceflight missions in the proving ground of space around the moon, known as cislunar space, and to enable transit to Mars. This partnership model enables NASA to obtain innovative concepts and support private industry commercialization plans for low-Earth orbit.

“NASA is increasingly embracing public-private partnerships to expand capabilities, and opportunities in space,” said Jason Crusan, director of NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Division, which sponsors NextSTEP. “Our NextSTEP partners commit their own corporate resources toward the development -- making them a true partner in the spaceflight economy.”

Under Appendix A of the NextSTEP-2 Ominbus BAA, the agency is providing the opportunity for additional contractors to join those already under contract through the previous NextSTEP BAA. Proposals will include plans for an evolvable approach to long-duration deep space habitation and the development of full-size, ground prototype habitat units no later than 2018.

Eligible applicants from U.S. companies, universities, and non-profit organizations must submit proposals electronically by 5 p.m. EDT June 15. Notices of intent should be provided by 5 p.m. May 13. Proposers will have a chance to ask questions about this particular solicitation during an industry forum on Monday, April 25. Additional inquiries must be submitted in writing by Monday, May 2 as directed in the solicitation.

NextSTEP is an example of NASA’s increased commitment to partnering with industry to stimulate the growth of commercial industry in space while enabling NASA’s human exploration mission.

NASA’s Advanced Exploration Systems Division pioneers innovative approaches to rapidly and affordably develop prototype systems for future human exploration missions. Learn more about AES at:

More information on the BAA can be found at:

For additional information on NextSTEP BAA, visit:

Kathryn Hambleton
Headquarters, Washington
Last Updated: April 20, 2016
Editor: Sarah Ramsey
Tags:  Journey to Mars,
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