In search of new technology, materials NASA looks to commercial sector

According to US space agency NASA it costs USD 50,000 to launch a gallon of water into space. To reduce costs NASA said it is partnering with the private sector for specialised research and to develop new materials.

According to Mayur Ahuja, deputy director of engineering at the California-based Jacobs Engineering Group (NYSE: JEC) NASA wants to develop new technologies and extend existing ones by partnering with the commercial sector to advance long-range missions. The goal is to lower the cost of operating in space and of sustaining that operation, as well as to increase the performance of space hardware.

NASA said it seeks fresh perspectives to its daily challenges from all types of organisations. Where possible, it uses items that are commercially available and have been well researched and tested.

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