NASA is partnering with six companies to build on ground full scale prototypes of human space habitats.
The prototypes will be orbital, space or deep space based, and will receive an initial investment of $65 million from NASA. The companies which NASA has chosen to partner with are expected to bear 20 percent of the cost.
The companies announced include: Bigelow Aerospace of Las Vegas, Boeing from Pasadena in Texas, Lockheed Martin of Denver, Orbital ATK of Dulles in Virginia, Sierra Nevada Corporation’s Space Systems of Louisville in Colorado and NanoRacks of Webster in Texas.
According to officials, NASA hopes these habitats will eventually be part of its crewed mission to Mars in the 2030s.