Summary of Participating Projects for Initial FAST Flights
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.
Out of the seven projects selected, five were ready to participate in the flight test opportunity on September 8-10, 2009. The listing below includes: the project title, company name, website for more information on the subject technology, relevant NASA mission directorates and a brief description of the technology's relevance.
Investigation of Pneumatic Mining System Under Lunar Gravity Conditions
Microgravity Flight Testing of Passively Self Deploying Roll Stowed Shells
Virtual Sensor Test Instrumentation
Space Experiment Rack Receives Flight Time - FASTRACK
A new space experiment rack under development by Kennedy Space Center and Space Florida was also tested during the September flight.
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