NASA Space Act Agreements with Virgin Galactic, Moon Express, NanoRacks and More

NASA has released a document listing the 1,206 active Space Act Agreements  (SAAs) the agency has with commercial companies, non-profit organizations and state and local governments.

From that list, I’ve extracted agreements with individual companies. Below you will find tables listing SAAs that NASA has signed with Virgin Group companies, Moon Express and NanoRacks. There is also a fourth table that has SAAs with a number of companies and organizations that we follow on Parabolic Arc.

SAAs come in three varieties: reimburseable, non-reimburseable and funded. Under reimburseable agreements, a company or organization will pay NASA for its services. No money exchanges hands under non-reimburseable agrements. And under funded agreements, NASA pays the company to perform work or provide services. (The space agency made substantial use of SAA’s in the Commercial Crew Program.)


Science Payloads Set for Launch Aboard CRS-12 Mission

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., August 8, 2017 (CASIS PR) The SpaceX Falcon 9 vehicle is poised to launch its 12th cargo resupply mission (CRS-12) to the International Space Station (ISS) no earlier than August 13th, 2017 from Kennedy Space Center Launch Pad 39A.

The SpaceX Dragon spacecraft will carry more than 20 ISS National Laboratory payloads to conduct research across a variety of areas aimed at improving life on Earth, including research on Parkinson’s disease, new anti-bacterial compounds, new approaches to treating blood pressure, and pioneering new advances in the use of stem cells for repairing damage from disease, among many others. Thus far in 2017, the ISS National Lab has sponsored more than 100 separate experiments that have reached the station.


CASIS, NIH Sponsor Human Physiology & Disease Experiments on ISS

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Fla., June 20, 2017 (CASIS PR The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) and the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), today announced five grants have been awarded in response to a funding opportunity focused on human physiology and disease onboard the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory. Data from this research — which will feature “tissue chips” (or “organs-on-chips”) — will help scientists develop and advance novel technologies to improve human health here on Earth.


Space Life Sciences Lab Sends Experiments to ISS

Launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 CRS-10 mission on Feb. 19, 2017. (Credit: SpaceX)

EXPLORATION PARK, Fla. (Space Florida PR) — Space Florida is proud to congratulate SpaceX for the successful docking of the CRS-10 mission with the ISS and to congratulate the 4 different experiments on board the Dragon capsule which were processed in the Space Life Sciences Lab (SLSL) in Exploration Park, Florida.

Those experiments were as follows:

  • Customer: CASIS/MERCK
    PI: Paul Reichert
    Protein crystal growth – pharmaceutical research (chemotherapy)
  • Customer: Edith Stein High School (agricultural high school in Ravensburg, Germany)
    PI: Maria Koch, Raphael Schilling and David Geray, German Students
    Vegetative propagation of plants on orbit
  • Customer: Intrinsyx Tech
    PI: John Freeman
    Designed to study enhanced plant growth of strong plants for astronauts on long duration Space missions
  • Customer: Space Tango
    PI: Twyman Clements

Another commercial opportunity to begin to utilize microgravity for application on Earth. The use of the SLSL for the processing of payloads for experiments and commercial operations will only grow as the flight cadence at the Cape Canaveral Spaceport increases in the years ahead.

“We’re excited to see the early investments by the State of Florida in payload processing for science and industry become a reality here at the Cape.” said Space Florida CEO Frank DiBello.

Space Tango’s Takes First Step to Commercializing Microgravity Research

CAPE CANAVERAL, FL – SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched Space Tango payloads on Commercial Resupply Services – 10 (CRS-10) on February 19th at approximately 9:39 AM EST. Payloads will be installed in the TangoLab Facility on the International Space Station (ISS). CRS-10 is Space Tango’s first commercial opportunity to begin use of the facility hardware for researchers and customers to utilize microgravity for application on Earth.

“Our focus is not necessarily the six people up there,” explained Space Tango CEO Twyman Clements, “but the 7 billion people down here.”


TangoLab-1 Installed on International Space Station

Astronaut Jeff Williams installs TangoLab-1 aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Space Tango)
Astronaut Jeff Williams installs TangoLab-1 aboard the International Space Station. (Credit: Space Tango)

LEXINGTON, KY (Space Tango PR) — At approximately 4:45am EDT Monday, August 1, American Astronaut Jeff Williams, onboard the International Space Station (ISS), permanently installed TangoLab-1. The installation follows the successful SpaceX CRS-9 launch on July 18, 2016 from Kennedy Space Center.


TangoLab-1 Headed for International Space Station

Falcon 9 launches the Dragon CRS-9 mission to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)
Falcon 9 launches the Dragon CRS-9 mission to the International Space Station. (Credit: NASA)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Space Tango PR) — Space Tango today announced that TangoLab-1 is now successfully on its way to the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the SpaceX CRS-9 mission launched early this morning from Kennedy Space Center.


Space Tango Business Accelerator Launched This Week

Space_TangoLEXINGTON, Ken. (Space Tango PR) — Space Tango Inc. has just kicked-off the nation’s first business accelerator specifically for space enterprises and entrepreneurs. The accelerator is designed for space-driven startups with a goal of helping new and growing businesses innovate and develop novel applications for diverse markets.

The three companies below are in the Lexington, Kentucky region for a five-week session that started last week and will return in the fall for a final session. The fall session will include a pitch presentation during the IdeaFestival, where some of the world’s leading creative thinkers, entrepreneurs and innovators join curious minds from around the globe in Louisville, Kentucky for four-days.


FedEx Launches Space Desk

FedEx_logoWhen I heard last week that FedEx was going to make some incredibly exciting space-related announcement, my imagination went wild. Would the freight carrier announce an agreement with Swiss Space Systems to develop a hypersonic suborbital point to point delivery system capable of getting my package to a destination where it absolutely, positively had to be yesterday? Or maybe a deal with Virgin Galactic would render all of Richard Branson’s New York to Tokyo in under an hour talk into something more than just…well, talk.

Nope, no such luck. If this has seriously depressed you and you don’t want to know more, then move on to another story. If not, read the press release below.


Space Tango Accelerator Sets Deadline for Applications

Space_TangoLexington, KY (Space Tango PR) — Space Tango, the nation’s first business accelerator specifically for space enterprises and entrepreneurs, has set 5:00PM ET, Monday, December 16, 2013 as the deadline for applications for its spring 2014 program.

“New opportunities (including adjacent applications) lie in developing entrepreneurial ideas, companies and products that enable the further exploitation of space,” said Kris Kimel, founder of Space Tango. “These involve small high-value satellites and space platforms, the International Space Station (ISS) and opportunities in biotechnology, exomedicine, novel materials, energy, education, game design and development as well as areas and applications not yet imagined.”


Space Tango Now Accepting Funding Applications

Space_TangoLEXINGTON, Ky.(Space Tango PR) — Space Tango today announced that it is now formally accepting proposals for funding and acceptance to its space business accelerator.

Space Tango is the nation’s first business accelerator specifically for space enterprises and entrepreneurs, with a goal of assisting enterprises in developing innovations, novel applications and diverse markets.