6. How much money has the USA government spent on VASIMR® technology?
Over the 25 years at NASA preceding privatization, the total direct government funding for the project by the space agency was approximately $6,000,000. Since the company’s formation in 2005 – with the exception of a small 2010 contract to support testing of a high-temperature superconducting magnet, totaling $142,000 – Ad Astra has received no direct government funds for VASIMR® technology development. At present, via a Non-Reimbursable Space Act Agreement, Ad Astra and NASA/JSC collaborate on several aspects of mutual interest relevant to technology and systems integration – with no exchange of funds.