"HP has been awarded a seven-year contract worth up to $5.6 billion by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to provide a wide range of technology as needed by U.S. federal government agencies. HP products to be provided under the indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract, called the NASA Solutions for Enterprise-Wide Procurement (SEWP) IV Class 5, include desktops, workstations and blade PCs with Linux and Unix capabilities, servers and printers, among other offerings."
Commercialization: May 2007 Archives
"The IPP Partnership Seed Fund has been established as a new initiative to enhance NASA's ability to meet mission technology goals by providing seed funding to address barriers and initiate cost-shared, joint-development partnerships. The IPP Seed Fund is used to provide "seed" funding to enable larger partnerships and development efforts to occur and will encourage, to the maximum extent possible, the leveraging of funding, resources and expertise from non-NASA partners, NASA Programs and Projects and NASA Centers."
"Customers have put down $21 million in deposits, Whitehorn says. Those who want to be among the first 100 to fly had to pay the full $200,000 fare up front; the rest put down a minimum deposit of $20,000."
NASA to Compete with Small Businesses, JP Aerospace
"A bill to be introduced by California Congressman Ken Calvert will have NASA enter the advertising business. Congressman Calvert recently announced that he wants to make "NASA space assets available for commercial advertising and marketing opportunities." Currently, NASA is not allowed to provide advertising space. This announcement has triggered alarm bells with several small space companies. By offering such taxpayer-supported services, they will be unfairly undercutting the competition."
Editor's note: What never ceases to amaze me is how Republican lawmakers like Calvert - i.e. people from the party that says they want to reduce government interference in the private sector - always seem to be the ones who want to use government operated space assets to compete with the private sector.