Orbital, Paragon Vying for NASA Communication Human Spaceflight Funds


NASA funding may land in Arizona: Orbital, Paragon vying for slice of $50 million

Orbital Sciences Corp. and Paragon Space Development Corp. are vying for a piece of the $50 million in research funding NASA is expected to award businesses this month as part of the initiative.

The companies design and develop space-related technology at facilities in Arizona, and other local technology firms could benefit if either company secures funding.

NASA is exploring options that would involve private businesses operating human missions into space. While still just an idea, the move would be a radical shift for NASA.

As many as 60 companies submitted proposals before NASA’s Sept. 22 deadline, outlining technologies they could bring to the table to get a commercially operated, human-space program running.

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