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The new Space Coast company, which specializes in aerospace cryogenics, was one of several selected under NASA’s new lunar contracts to push new technologies into the world.

Eta Space, which operates on the islands of Merritt and Rockledge, has joined the list of 13 other US companies selected for NASA’s Tipping Point contracts, with a total value of about $ 370 million. The program is designed to find technologies on the verge of maturity and help them pass critical points.

Wednesday’s contracts focused on cryogenic technology or the storage and distribution of supercooled propellants in space. NASA expects this to be crucial not only for missions originating from Earth, but also for turning water ice on the Moon into fuel for long-term lunar operations and possibly even for trips to Mars.

Eta Space, which focuses on cryogenics, has provided a total of $ 27 million, making it the fifth ranked in the group. Co-founder Bill Notardonato said the company was founded by three former NASA employees, including himself, and plans to expand into other parts of the Space Coast in the near future.

Notardonato said Eta Space is planning a more detailed post-contract announcement and description of its activities next week.

“Most of the funding will help mature cryogenic fluid management technologies through space-led demonstrations led by small businesses Eta Space, Lockheed Martin, SpaceX and ULA,” NASA said Wednesday. “Each approach is unique: from small to large-scale and short-term to long-term testing.”

In addition to kirogenic fluids, contracts have also been signed by companies involved in monthly surface operations and demining and landing demonstrations.

The 14 companies selected in order to win were:

  • Lockheed Martin of Littleton, Colorado, $ 89.7 million
  • United Launch Alliance (ULA) Centennial, Colorado, $ 86.2 million
  • SpaceX of Hawthorne, California, $ 53.2 million
  • Intuitive Houston cars, $ 41.6 million
  • Eta Space from Merritt Island, Florida, $ 27 million
  • Houston Space Test Alliance and Research Alliance, $ 22.1 million
  • Nokia of America Corporation, Sunnyvale, CA, $ 14.1 million
  • SSL Robotics of Pasadena, California, $ 8.7 million
  • Pittsburgh Astrorobatic Technology, $ 5.8 million
  • pH value of Columbus, Ohio, $ 3.4 million
  • Masten Space Systems of Mojave, CA, $ 10 million, $ 2.8 million
  • Teledyne Energy Systems of Hunt Valley, Maryland, $ 2.8 million
  • Sierra Nevada Corporation, Madison, Wisconsin, $ 2.4 million
  • Precision Combustion Inc., North Haven, Connecticut, $ 2.4 million

If the graphs hold up, NASA plans to conduct a test launch on its Artemis program rocket, a space launch system in mid-November at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi. This will pave the way for its first twisted test flight, as soon as the end of 2021, after which new tests will take place before the planned landing of two astronauts on the moon in 2024.

Contact Emre Kelly at aekelly@floridatoday.com or 321-242-3715. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram at @EmreKelly. Support space journalism by subscribing to floridatoday.com/specialoffer/.

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