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OCT/Game Changing Development Projects


In-Space Propulsion - The objective of the In-Space Propulsion (ISP) Project is to develop innovative propulsion technologies to power manned and robotic exploration of space. The present focus of the project is on electric propulsion and the development of ...    More information...

Space Power Systems - This project will develop technologies and components to provide low-cost, abundant power for deep-space missions (and dual-use terrestrial applications), including high-efficiency solar cells, advanced batteries and regenerative fuel cells. The integration of these technologies and components into ...    More information...

Nuclear Systems - This project will test power conversion and thermal management technologies for in-space nuclear power and propulsion systems. Non-nuclear testing will validate the performance of integrated systems. NASA will partner with DOE in this development. Over the five-year budget, the project will address five ...    More information...

Lightweight Materials and Structures - The LMS project has two major technical elements. The objective of the first element, Solar Array Structures (SAS), is to mature one or more deployable solar array designs for the 300 kW-class Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) tugs to TRL 5. These solar arrays will be approximately 1500 m2 in total area which is about an order-of-magnitude larger ...    More information...

Human Robotics - HRS is a well established, agency-wide, Exploration Technology Development (EDT) project, now under GCD. HRS develops advanced robotics technology to amplify human productivity and reduce mission risk by improving the effectiveness of human-robot teams. Key technologies include ...    More information...

Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator - The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project will focus on the development and demonstration of hypersonic inflatable aeroshell technologies suitable for an ISS down-mass capability. The project will focus on the completion of an IRVE 3 development flight test and ...    More information...

Solar Electric Propulsion - The propulsion of choice for science fiction writers has become the propulsion of choice for scientists and engineers at NASA. The ion propulsion system’s efficient use of fuel and electrical power enable modern spacecraft to travel farther, faster, and cheaper than ...    More information...

Manufacturing Innovation - This project element, led by GRC, includes innovation in rapid prototyping for low-cost manufacturing, including algorithm and software development for modeling and ...    More information...

Composite Cryotank - Led by NASA's Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, the project is conducting technology maturation activities for a preliminary design review in 2013. It will fly on a Taurus II or equivalent rocket to demonstrate storage, transfer and gauging of a single ...    More information...

In-Situ Resource Utilization - The ultimate objective of the In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) project is to develop an ISRU payload that is delivered to the moon on a commercially provided launch vehicle and lander. The exact commercial entity used to deliver ...    More information...

Nanotechnology - Led by Glenn Research Center (GRC), this project element will include advancing nanotechnology research and applications for space technology, including nanomanufacturing, nanoelectronics, and nanoenhanced solar energy conversion. It also includes continued development of the ...    More information..

 

 

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