S.A. space firm scores NASA money, ticket to moon

Port San Antonio-based XArc/Astroport received $1.3 million in NASA small-business innovation and tech transfer contracts on the heels of Starship rideshare announcement.

Astroport Space Technologies and its parent Exploration Architecture Corp., or XArc, landed several small-business innovation and technology transfer awards as part of the $93 billion Artemis program that aims to create a moon base and eventually send humans to Mars. The contracts are the latest wins for the space company that space architect Sam Ximenes founded to help develop safe landing spots for spacecraft on the moon and Mars. He envisions fleets of autonomous robots using molten lunar soil to construct roads, launch and landing pads, and shelters.

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