In 2011, NASA chose the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) to be the sole manager of the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory. The mission of CASIS is to maximize use of this unparalleled platform for innovation, which can benefit all humankind and inspire a new generation to look to the stars.
The organization has been awarded by NASA the responsibility of inciting the imagination of entrepreneurs and scientists alike, accelerating and facilitating space-based research as well as creating public awareness of National Lab research and making space science more accessible to the world.
By carefully selecting research and funding projects, by connecting investors looking for opportunity to scientists with great ideas, and by making access to the station faster and easier, CASIS will drive scientific inquiry toward developing groundbreaking new technologies and products that will tangibly affect our lives.
To accomplish these goals, CASIS has at its disposal several tools, resources and capabilities: 1) Seed money—Some $3 million is available to help fund promising research projects and product development. CASIS can also connect researchers with third-party investors and financiers; 2) Expertise—Seasoned professional aerospace teams are on hand to help develop payloads and integrate systems; 3) Experts can also help with postflight data analysis; 4) Access to launch—CASIS works with proven launch providers around the world to get your payload to station; 5) Administrative support—CASIS is set up to cut through red tape to facilitate quick access to space; 6) Educational outreach—By working with NASA, commercial partners, foundations, universities and new technology companies, CASIS can create projects and curricula to teach and inspire students across the country.