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Published on Mar 12, 2012
The focus of NASA's Flight Opportunities Program is to facilitate low-cost access to suborbital space, where researchers can test technologies using commercial space vehicles. The Agency is encouraging the growth of this emerging industry.
The suborbital environment is the region of the Earth's atmosphere between altitudes of 65,000 feet and 350,000 feet where technologies encounter many of the same conditions as spaceflight such as weightlessness, increased radiation and vibrations on launch and landing. The flights can quickly test and validate these new technologies before launch to the International Space Station or further into space.