Information on FAST Flights and Photo Gallery
FAST Flights Demonstrate 19 Technologies August 11-14, 2009
Facilitated Access to the Space Environment for Technology (FAST) from Ellington Field in Houston, Texas are demonstrated 19 important technologies that addressed important issues such as lunar regolith processing and handling, lunar dust mitigation, demonstration of new mechanisms, manufacturing in space, and validation of variable gravity phenomena. The technologies involve partnerships with industry, universities, and other agencies. There were two flight days with zero-g parabolas and two flight days with lunar-g (1/6 g) parabolas.
› View 2009 FAST Image Gallery
› View 2009 FAST Selected Projects
› View 2009 Press Release
› View the 2009 FAST Cornell University Project Video
NASA's Innovative Partnerships Program selected seven Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) companies to participate in the initial phase of FAST reduced-gravity test flights in early September 2008. The selection for the first round of flights was limited to companies that already had SBIR contracts with NASA. In the future, the competition will be extended to any companies and laboratories working on technology of value to NASA's missions.
The Zero-Gravity Corporation conducted the flights as a commercial service to NASA. The Zero-G Corporation contract is part of an effort to expand NASA's use of commercial space services. The flights were conducted from Ellington Field in Houston, Texas and the Johnson Space Center and Glenn Research Center provided technical support to the participating companies.
› Press Release on Selection of Participants for Initial FAST Flights
› Summary of Participating Projects for Initial FAST Flights
› Press Release on Initial FAST Flights - September 2008
› Post-Flight Comments from FAST Participants
› Gallery of Photos from September 2008 Flights
› Video from September 2008 FAST Flights