NASA Offers Expertise to Help Private Companies Build Rockets, Capsules
by Denise Chow, SPACE.com Staff Writer
Date: 27 April 2012 Time: 04:27 PM ET
To help spur the development of a new fleet of commercial spacecraft to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station, NASA has partnered with select private companies to foster the design and testing of the new vehicles. But the firms that received funding from NASA are not the only players in the game.
NASA has also made deals with several other commercial companies under so-called unfunded Space Act Agreements. As part of these arrangements, the agency provides expertise that could help the companies develop their vehicles or launch systems, but does not give out any money.
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