The path to commercialization is straight-forward, via our proven commercialization partner OAG, who has significant interest in commercializing OmniFlex technology and post-Phase II commercialization would be in the form of sales directly from OAG. The most direct commercialization opportunities may come in the form of a demo-wing for a NASA or Commercial Mars (or Moon) precursor SEP mission or, more likely in the near term, a project enabled by NASA/OA CIRAS activity. Orbital ATK has begun a public-private partnership with NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) to establish a Commercial Infrastructure for Robotic Assembly and Services (CIRAS) in space. Orbital ATK will take the lead in maturing technologies necessary for robotic assembly of large space structures, such as solar-power structures for transport or communications. These capabilities include methods to connect (and disconnect) joints of a truss structure and address precision measuring and alignment and equipment placement via a robotic arm with various end effectors.
The entire space community is interested in higher performance and lower cost solar arrays. OmniFlex offers great promise for mass efficiency and compact stowage for launch, and is ideally configured for simplified robotic assembly, enabling practically unlimited scaling of power. Potential applications are equally relevant for NASA as for non-NASA customers such as Air Force and private commercial contractors. In-space assembly and OmniFlex technology may be part of a tipping point, a vital contribution to enable a new approach to fielding space hardware that will be critical to future exploration and commercialization of various opportunities including low earth orbit, moon, Mars, Deimos, and Asteroid Belt destinations for mining, science, hoteling, etc. OmniFlex is part of the first chapter, now being composed at NASA and by an emerging commercial space market, in the story of our nation?s future economic development of the solar system.