The announcement was made on Friday morning at a news conference (at the 2:00 hour mark) led by NASA chief financial officer Jeff DeWit.
According to NASA, there are prerequisites to the program:
To qualify, commercial and marketing activities must either:
- require the unique microgravity environment to enable manufacturing, production or development of a commercial application;
- have a connection to NASA’s mission; or
- support the development of a sustainable low-Earth orbit economy.
Full details are available at the NASA website.