The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the selection of seven new Centers for the Commercial Development of Space (CCDS) on July 28, 1987. The centers will be eligible for NASA grants of as much as $1 million annually for the next 5 years to carry on scientific and technical research related to the commercial development of space. The locations and concentrations of the new centers are as follows:
- The University of Tennessee Space Institute-Center for Advanced Space Propulsion, Tullahoma, Tenn.
- Auburn University-Center for the Commercial Development of Space Power, Auburn, Ala.
- Environmental Research Institute of Michigan—Center for the Commercial Development of Autonomous and Man-Controlled Robotic Sensing Systems in Space, Ann Arbor, Mich.
- Pennsylvania State University-Center for Secretion Research, University Park, Penn.
- University of Colorado-Center for Bioserve Space Technologies, Boulder, Colo.
- Case Western Reserve University-Center on Materials for Space Structures, Cleveland, Ohio.
- Texas A&M Research Foundation-Center for Commercial Development of Space Power, College Station, Tex.