Raven tapped by NASA to help with high-tech program

Aug. 6, 2018

Aerostar International, a division of Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries, is one of four companies chosen by NASA to provide integration and launch services for its Flight Opportunities Program.

The program aims to integrate and fly technology payloads on commercial suborbital reusable platforms that carry payloads near the boundary of space.

The selection is part of NASA’s continuing effort to foster a viable market for American commercial reusable suborbital platforms that allow testing of new space technologies within Earth’s atmosphere, the space agency said in a statement.

The five-year contracts with the four companies chosen have a combined value of $45 million.

The other companies are in Arizona, Colorado and Texas.

The program is designed to help NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which prepares emerging technologies for future space missions.

“During the coming year, STMD will make significant new investments that address several high priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration,” NASA said. “It continues to solicit the help of the best and brightest minds in academia, industry and government to drive innovation and enable solutions in important technology thrust areas. These planned investments are addressing high priority challenges for achieving safe and affordable deep space exploration.”

Raven tapped by NASA to help with high-tech program

Aerostar International, a division of Sioux Falls-based Raven Industries, is one of four companies chosen by NASA to provide integration and launch services for its Flight Opportunities Program.

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