Two Colorado-based aerospace operations are among five companies chosen by NASA to develop concepts for demonstrating solar electric propulsion in space.

NASA said this week that Lockheed Martin Space Systems of Littleton and Ball Aerospace & Technologies of Boulder were chosen for the project.

NASA says contracts still have to be negotiated. They would be worth up to $600,000 each.

Each company would provide a report on how to demonstrate solar electric propulsion technologies, capabilities and infrastructure for human space travel.

Also chosen for the project were Analytical Mechanics Associates in Hampton, Va., Boeing in Huntington Beach, Calif., and Northrop Grumman Systems in Redondo Beach, Calif.

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