Alpha Space inks deal to offer research flight facility

Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance (Alpha Space), a newly formed spin-off company of MEI Technologies, Inc., said it has announced a cooperative agreement with NASA to conduct a commercial project that will lead to the development, integration, deployment and operation of the Materials International Space Station (ISS) Experiment (MISSE) materials research flight facility on the ISS.

The period of performance is through June 30, 2024 with the expectation to operate through the life of the ISS.

The cooperative agreement will advance technology developments and research by establishing a permanent external location for materials research. The specific objective is to minimize the cost and optimize the results of material science research in a commercial partnership, while reducing ISS Program resource requirements.

Alpha Space Test and Research Alliance (Alpha Space) is a woman- and minority-owned spin-off company of MEI Technologies, Inc. serving the Materials Science community with on-orbit, real-time pure materials science research.

MEI Technologies, Inc. (MEIT) is a nationwide Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) technology company with over twenty years of experience serving NASA, DOD and commercial customers with a depth of capability, flexibility, quality and service. Headquartered in Houston, MEIT has a presence in Alabama, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Ohio and Texas.