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The website published a number of stories today touching on the government shutdown and unveiled a story about NASA’s desire to team with industry to boost its research and development functions.
The Pentagon plans to award millions of dollars in contracts for equipment and services to contractors despite the federal government shutdown.
The article reports that the agency will only publicly disclose awarded contracts once the shutdown ends.
In other shutdown news, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the Pentagon aims to reduce the number of civilian workers slated to be furloughed with with the number currently standing at 400,000 furloughed workers.
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NASA is looking for commercial partners that are able to help the space agency research and develop technology to support long-range missions and save the agency money.
It currently costs $50,000 to launch a gallon of water into space.
Mayur Ahuja serves as deputy director of engineering at Jacobs Engineering Group and will speak on behalf of NASA at an upcoming two-day forum to discuss the agency’s future projects.
“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,” Ahuja said.
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