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:

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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.