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STMD / Game Changing Development Projects

The Game Changing Development (GCD) program investigates novel ideas and approaches that have the potential to revolutionize future space missions and provide solutions to significant national needs.

GCD will identify and rapidly mature innovative, high-impact capabilities and technologies and complement them with “new start” and competitively-selected projects by using a balanced approach of guided technology development efforts and competitively-selected efforts from across NASA, academia, industry and other government agencies.

The program will focus on taking technologies from proof of concept through component testing by investing in specific technology areas through component and subsystem testing. GCD work is done primarily in the laboratory with ground testing instead of space work. Successful technologies will transition to other program such as Technology Demonstration Missions or directly to flight missions.

Advanced In-Space Space Propulsion – The objective of the Advanced In-Space Propulsion (AISP) Project is to develop a portfolio of innovative chemical and electric propulsion systems to support future NASA missions. The project will focus on propulsion technologies to enable …    More information…

Advanced Space Power Systems – National Aeronautics and Space Administration game changing development Power for Journeys and Discoveries in Space Left: Powering Scarab with a non-flow- through fuel cell. Right: ASPS’s 3-kilowatt fuel cell stack. Future robotic and human space explorers will need low-cost, abundant, reliable power as they journey…   More information…

20W 20K Cryocooler – The objective of the 20 Watt 20 Kelvin Cryocooler for Thermal Control of Space-Based Liquid Hydrogen (20W 20K Cryocooler) Project is to develop cryocooler hardware to demonstrate high capacity active thermal control at 20 degrees Kelvin, a temperature just below… More information…

Human Robotic Systems – The Human Robotic Systems (HRS) project, led by JSC, is developing robotic technologies to assist humans in space exploration, from remote robotic vehicles and manipulators, to remote …    More information…

Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator – The Hypersonic Inflatable Aerodynamic Decelerator (HIAD) project, led by LaRC and which concludes in FY14, focuses on the development and demonstration of hypersonic inflatable aero-shell technologies …    More information…

In-Situ Resource Utilization –    The In Situ Resource Utilization (ISRU) is a core component of the Vision for Space Exploration as implemented by the Science & Mission Systems (S&MS) Office. The ISRU works to establish, evaluate and assess the in situ resources available on …More information…

Material Genome Initiative – The Materials Genome Initiative (MGI) is a multi-agency initiative designed to create a new era of policy, resources, and infrastructure that support U.S. institutions in the effort to discover, manufacture, and deploy advanced materials twice …    More information…

Nanotechnology – The Nanotechnology project utilizes a combination of nanomaterials and nanomanufacturing to develop ultra-lightweight materials and structures for use in the aerospace industry. Replacing conventional composites on …    More information…

Nuclear Systems – Fission power from nuclear reactors could provide abundant energy anywhere that humans or our robotic science probes might go. Fission, the splitting of the nucleus of an atom (commonly uranium), releases a great amount of heat energy: 1 pound of uranium fuel can produce …    More information…