Four of the cooperation agreements signed do not exceed three years, which expired in 2010. In the fifth, that of SpaceDev, the period is censored.  The Agency finalizes SAAs with various partners to advance NASA`s mission and program objectives, including international space cooperative activities.  Space Act Agreements (saa abbreviated) is a type of legal agreement established by the National Aeronautics and Space Act of 1958 (and subsequent congressional approvals) authorizing NASA to cooperate in a unique manner with any entity enabling the fulfillment of the government`s mandate. It was not until 2010 that the authorization of (Pub.L. 111-314 (Text) (pdf)): Five agreements were signed between January 2007 and June 2007: So far, NASA has published a list of elements of progress made only for SpaceDev and the same Dream Chaser probe is also one of the winners (but with different milestones) of the CCDev 1 and 2 rounds.  In addition to these two initiatives, NASA has entered into five other agreements in the area of commercial space transport capabilities (CSEC) that are closed. [not checked in body] The three initiatives of the Space Act Agreement, COTS, CSTC and CCDev, aim to develop, develop and test design concepts, but CSEC differs from the other two initiatives in that it lacks funding. CSTC agreements are only instruments that oblige NASA to strengthen cooperation and support private sector companies with information and other institutions, but this obligation has no financial implications and both parties (NASA and private companies) should themselves guarantee the necessary resources for their respective parts of the activities.  Shares of Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc.
SPCE+ +0.16% rose 15% on Monday in pre-market trading after the space-focused aerospace company for individuals announced a space act agreement with NASA for private orbital flights to the International Space Station (ISS). As part of the deal, Virgin Galactic will develop a private orbital-astronaut alert program, including identifying people interested in purchasing private missions to the ISS. “We are pleased to be working with NASA on this private orbital space program that allows us to not only use our space platform, but also to offer our space training infrastructure to NASA and other agencies,” said Chief Executive George Whitesides. “Based on the uncompetent commitments of our space customers that we have guaranteed so far, we are proud to share this knowledge in order to create another market for the new space economy.” Virgin Galactic`s stock rose 29.9% between the beginning of the year and Friday, while the S&P 500 SPX -0.13% fell 4.1%. . . .