NASA selected Houston-based KBR to study the future of commercial enterprise in low-Earth orbit. KBR is one of 13 companies to receive a contract.
KBRwyle, the government services business of KBR, will analyze how to foster demand for commercial and government use of low-Earth orbit — and how to make this portion of space affordable.
It will also study the viability of habitable platforms, including the space station and separate free-flying structures.
Low-Earth orbit, where the International Space Station resides, is the first 100 to 200 miles of space.
KBRwyle has supported the ISS during design, construction and almost 18 years of continuous crewed operations. It has also worked with every U.S. astronaut since 1968.