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Advanced Exploration Systems (AES)

AES develops and demonstrates prototype systems for life support, habitation, and EVA that will enable NASA to conduct future human missions beyond LEO, while reducing risk and lifecycle cost. AES focuses on advanced development of flight system concepts. This includes a Deep Space Habitat where the crew would live during transit on long missions and a Space Exploration Vehicle that would allow the crew to closely approach an asteroid, explore its surface, and conduct EVAs. AES demonstrates these systems in ground test beds, Earth-based field and underwater tests, and on-board ISS flight experiments.

AES uses innovative approaches for the rapid development of system concepts, such as small, focused teams of NASA engineers and technologists working with industry partners to gain hands-on experience. AES will pilot these processes to improve the affordability of future exploration programs.

Spacecraft Fire Safety Demo – Develop and conduct a large-scale fire safety experiment on an International Space Station resupply vehicle after it leaves the ISS and before it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere to enhance safety of future exploration vehicles. First Flight: June 2016

AES Modular Power Systems – will infuse and demonstrate batteries, fuel cells, and other power modules for exploration ground system demonstrations; and, develop modular power design concepts that will guide the ground system demonstrations and modular…

EVA Flight Technologies – This project develops component technologies for advanced space suits to enable humans to conduct “hands-on” surface exploration and in-space operations outside habitats and vehicles. Technology includes the Power, Avionics, and Software (PAS) Subsystem for an Exploration Extravehicular Activity (EVA) space suit, which is comprised of the following components – Caution & Warning, Integrated Audio, Radio, Displays & Controls, & Informatics.

In-Situ Resource Utilization – Lead the formulation activities of an ISRU technology demonstration project, which will begin in FY17.

Other Supporting Roles – Provide engineering and research support to other NASA Centers in the following areas: Human Architecture Team (HAT), Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN), Logistics Resource Reduction (LRR), Automated Propellant Loading (APL), Life Support, Lander Technologies, Avionics & Software, NextSTEP BAA Electric Propulsion, BioSentinel and Resource Prospector (RP)