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SL-7 Launch: This collage shows the NASA-funded UP Aerospace SpaceLoft 7 reusable sounding rocket shooting skyward from its launch tower at Spaceport America in New Mexico on June 21, 2013. SpaceLoft 7 carried seven space-technology experiments into an almost weightless space-relevant environment and set a new altitude record of 73.9 miles. (Contributed photos by Heriberto Ibarra)
NASA's Flight Opportunities Program develops and provides flight opportunities for space technologies to be demonstrated and validated in relevant environments. NASA manages the Flight Opportunities manifest, matching payloads with flights, and will pay for payload integration and flight costs for the selected payloads. Other suborbital flight vendors on contract to NASA will provide flights after they have successfully flown their qualifying vehicles. The Flight Opportunities Program, part of NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, is managed at NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center in Edwards, Calif. NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., manages the technology maturation activities for the program.