According to foreign media reports,NASA announced new partnerships with 20 commercial space agencies, including SpaceX, blue origin and rocket labNASA will invest millions of dollars in personnel and other efforts to support these test launches and technology development. These collaborations belong to NASA's announcement of collaboration opportunity in 2020.
These agreements are different from SBIR or niac projects, because NASA doesn't just take out some money and say, "let us know how you're going in about six months or so.".
Instead, NASA has opened its facilities and experts to the public, some of which are the most advanced in the world. It is a real public-private partnership, so getting approval for a project is still a competitive process. Several of the 17 companies are large companies.
SpaceX will work with Langley on monitoring and thermal measurements of its space vehicle and spacecraft over the Pacific Ocean during re-entry.
Similarly, rocket lab will work with Langley, Ames and Armstrong to analyze its electron launch vehicle and achieve hardware reusability. The company recently moved a week ahead of its attempt to recycle the booster, but it's not clear if NASA will be involved.
At the same time, blue origin has two independent partners. One of them is a multi center collaboration, which will help develop a "space robot operating system.". This sounds great, but it may be more of an integration effort, combining multiple open source and NASA developed frameworks to reduce costs and improve interoperability. The other is about using 3D printing to improve engine design.
More cooperation can be done through NASA'sPostGet to know one or two.