Designed to distill and share the most important lessons learned by suborbital researchers, these webinars are chance to hear from subject matter experts on best practices for preparing for suborbital flight tests.
Flight integration: Aerostar’s Eric Ramsey and Kelly Banghart work with Orion Labs’ Kolbron Schoenberger and Sara Jennings to integrate the Quantum Earth Observation payload onto the high-altitude balloon’s gondola prior to launch.
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Preparation Tool: Exploration of Relevant Test Environments
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The third TechLeap Prize challenges applicants to make it easier to integrate diverse technology payloads onto various commercial suborbital vehicles, orbital flight platforms, and planetary landers. Pictured here is Arizona State University’s CubeSounder payload integration at the World View facility for an October 2021 high-altitude balloon flight supported by NASA’s Flight Opportunities program.
Arizona State University
Flight Opportunities Overview
Episode 111 of Small Steps, Giant Leaps, posted June 28, 2023
NASA Flight Opportunities Program Manager Danielle McCulloch discusses rapid demonstration of technologies and capabilities for NASA missions and commercial spaceflight.
Near Space Corporation’s high-altitude balloon moments before launch for a NASA Flight Opportunities-supported flight test of SpaceWorks Enterprises’ RED-4U capsule in Madras, Oregon, on Oct. 19, 2021.
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TechLeap Nighttime Precision Landing Challenge
Episode 112 of Small Steps, Giant Leaps, posted July 12, 2023
NASA TechLeap Nighttime Precision Landing Challenge Manager Greg Peters discusses the lunar landing challenge.
Arizona State University CubeSounder team members Kyle Massingill (left) and Michael Baricuatro with their weather sensor payload integrated onto the World View balloon hardware.
Arizona State University
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Flight Opportunities offers several avenues for accessing flights on commercial vehicles in order to test and demonstrate promising space-based technologies.
Available Flight Platforms
When non-U.S. government researchers compete for funding through the Flight Opportunities program's TechFlights solicitation, they can propose to use any viable U.S.-based commercial provider. For U.S. government research, NASA has IDIQ (Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity) contracts with several flight services vendors.
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