Rapidly demonstrating promising technologies for space exploration, discovery, and the expansion of space commerce through suborbital testing with industry flight providers. Flight Opportunities matures capabilities needed for NASA missions and commercial applications while strategically investing in the growth of the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry.
Flight Opportunities offers several avenues for accessing flights on commercial vehicles in order to test and demonstrate space technologies. Whether you are a NASA employee, a student, or a researcher with a university, research institute, or commercial organization, funds may be available directly through the program or in collaboration between Flight Opportunities and other NASA programs.
A research team from University of California – Davis tested reaction wheels for CubeSats on parabolic flights in December 2021. The flights were provided by Zero Gravity Corporation and made possible through TechFlights.
Zero Gravity Corp. / Steve Boxall
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Flight preparation: The Orion Labs team makes final hardware checks on their Quantum Earth Observation payload prior to launch. From left to right: Frank Soboczenski, Lead Machine Learning Scientist; Philippe Ludivig, Lead Payload Engineer; Sara Jennings, CEO and Principal Investigator; and Kolbron Schoenberger, Payload Science Intern.
Orion Labs / Margarita Reyes
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