Over the past few years, NASA has implemented a strategic plan that has been essential in achieving the organization’s goals.  None have been as big to the aeronautics and space agency than the awarding of more than $96 million to 128 American businesses. Within the initiative, each awardee received an estimated $750,000 with the awards covering 22 focus areas.

The recent NASA initiative is a part of the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program which, “… is designed to grow to support NASA programs while also benefiting the U.S. economy.”

One the companies that received funding was a Colorado-based company BEST.  BEST is currently looking to create antennas for the diminutive spacecraft which will help enhance NASA communication from a longer distance than the original CubeSat, a miniaturized satellite for space research.

Jim Reuter, NASA Space and Technology Mission Directorate acting Associate Administrator, spoke about the agency’s investments. “NASA is proud of our investment in the success of small businesses and its long-term impact on our economy. We look forward to working with these promising small businesses to further advance NASA’s missions.”