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NASA Chooses U.S. Small Business Technology Transfer Projects for Further Development

August 14, 2014

NASA has selected 23 proposals from small business and research institution teams to continue the development of technologies that will support future agency mission needs and may also prove viable as commercial products and services.

According to a release, the Phase II selectees in NASA's Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program are permitted to enter negotiations for possible contract awards, worth a combined total of approximately $17.2 million.

Technologies selected for further development under STTR Phase II will demonstrate the feasibility of new propellants for in-space propulsion, increase capabilities to perform autonomous navigations, and advance new methods for the manufacturing of advanced materials. High-tech firms in 13 states also have submitted selected proposals in partnership with research institutions spread out among 15 states.

"As teams in our Small Business Technology Transfer Program move into this second phase of development, we'll see innovative concepts mature into technologies that can enhance our exploration plans on journeys to asteroids and Mars, while benefitting our technology based economy here on Earth," said Michael Gazarik, NASA's associate administrator for space technology in Washington. "Through modest investments in technology development among American small business and research institution teams, we're developing the new knowledge and capabilities needed to keep NASA leading the way forward in space exploration, while also keeping America in the lead in high- tech business enterprises."

The STTR Program uses a highly competitive, three-phase award system that provides collaborative opportunities between qualified small businesses, including women-owned and disadvantaged firms, and research institutions to address specific technology gaps in NASA's programs. Selected projects provide a foundation for future technology developments and are complementary to other NASA research investments.

Under Phase I teams performed feasibility studies to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Phase II will expand on the results of the Phase I work, with as much as $750,000 to support research for as long as two additional years. Those that successfully complete Phase II may be eligible for Phase III work that focuses on commercialization and requires private sector or non- STTR federal funding.

More information and complete details:

sbir.nasa.gov

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-SkyWest Posts Combined July 2014 Traffic for SkyWest Airlines and ExpressJet Airlines

SkyWest reported a 0.7 percent increase in revenue passenger miles (RPMs) for July, while available seat miles (ASMs) decreased 1.4 percent compared to July 2013.

According to a release, SkyWest also reported that passenger boardings for July decreased 0.5 percent to 5,490,622 compared to 5,520,165 for the same period last year. Load factor increased to 84.4 percent compared to 82.6 percent in July 2013.

The combined airlines generated 2.9 billion RPMs for the month, while ASMs decreased to 3.5 billion. SkyWest also reported a decrease of 5.2 percent in departures to 123,244 for July compared to 130,020 for the same period last year.

SkyWest is the holding company for two scheduled passenger airline operations and an aircraft leasing company, and is headquartered in St. George, Utah.

More information and complete details:

www.skywest.com

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