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AES Modular Power Systems Project (AMPS)

Project Introduction

The AES Modular Power Systems (AMPS) project will demonstrate and infuse modular power electronics, batteries, fuel cells, and autonomous control for exploration ground system demonstrations; assess and provide recommendations for improvements of proposed power systems for other Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) projects/HEOMD demonstration systems; and develop modular power design concepts that will guide the ground system demonstrations and modular component and assembly development for the d...

Technologies Within this Project

Technology Details: AES Modular Power Systems

This technology is categorized as a hardware system for manned spaceflight

Description of technology:

The goals of this project are to develop modular power design systems and components for human exploration flight vehicles;  assess, develop, and/or improve power system designs for AES/HEOMD ground/flight demonstrations; demonstrate modular power design systems, by participating in annual ground demonstrations, infusing power technologies developed by the Space Technology Program Game Changing Development (GCD) Space Power Systems (SPS) project, Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR), and ot...

Capabilities provided:

The AMPs project will develop modular power elements with standard power, mechanical, and thermal interfaces to provide commonality across different space exploration vehicles and spacecraft, including launch vehicles, habitats, landers, rovers, and other transport vehicles that the Agency expects to build. Common modular power system modules will reduce development, testing and flight system costs and improve the affordability and reliability of future space exploration power systems.

Potential applications:

AMPs modular power units with standard interfaces could be combined to provide modular commonality across a variety of space exploration vehicles and spacecraft, including deep space and planetary surface habitats, landers and rovers, electric propulsion systems, launch vehicles, and other spacecraft and vehicles. Specifically, the AMPS project is developing modular power electronics units  such as modular intelligent controllers, bidirectional converters, and power distribution units for deep s...

Anticipated Benefits

Benefits to NASA funded missions

By optimizing across multiple platforms, AMPs power systems designs will differ from those that would be developed by considering one application in isolation. It is this multivehicle commonality that will provide the cost savings for NASA’s planned fleet of flight hardware and reduce the number and mass of spare parts/components required.

Benefits to NASA unfunded & planned missions

By optimizing across multiple platforms, AMPs power systems designs will differ from those that would be developed by considering one application in isolation. It is this multivehicle commonality that will provide the cost savings for NASA’s planned fleet of flight hardware and reduce the number and mass of spare parts/components required.

Benefits to other government agencies

Modular power system technology improvements and cost savings realized from this project would also be applicable to other government space projects that use similar power systems..

Benefits to the commercial space industry

The commercial space industry would also benefit from the technology improvements and cost savings realized from this project.

Benefits to the nation

Because of the potential commonality across multiple space exploration vehicles and spacecraft for NASA, other government agencies, and commercial space industry, the technology improvements and cost savings realized from this project would also benefit the nation.

U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

NASA Organizations Performing Work Role Location
  • Glenn Research Center (GRC)
Lead Center Cleveland, OH
  • Ames Research Center (ARC)
Supporting Center Moffett Field, CA
  • Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Supporting Center Houston, TX
  • NASA Headquarters (HQ)
Supporting Center Washington, DC

U.S. States with Work:

 
U.S. States and Territories with Work on this Project
California Ohio
District of Columbia Texas

Organizational Responsibility

Responsible Mission Directorate:

Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

Lead Center:

Glenn Research Center (GRC)

Responsible Program:

Advanced Exploration Systems Program

Project Management

Program Director:

  • Jason Crusan

Program Executive:

  • John Warren

Project Manager:

  • Patrick George

Project Technology Areas

Primary:

  • Space Power and Energy Storage (TA 3)
    • Space Power and Energy Storage (TA 3)
    • Space Power and Energy Storage (TA 3)

Secondary:

  • Space Power and Energy Storage (TA 3)
    • Energy Storage (TA 3.2)
    • Energy Storage (TA 3.2)
    • Energy Storage (TA 3.2)

Additional Technology Areas:

  • Space Power and Energy Storage (TA 3)
    • Energy Storage (TA 3.2)
    • Batteries (TA 3.2.1)
    • Batteries (TA 3.2.1)
    • Batteries (TA 3.2.1)
    • Power Management and Distribution (TA 3.3)
    • Fault Detection, Isolation, and Recovery (TA 3.3.1)
    • Fault Detection, Isolation, and Recovery (TA 3.3.1)
    • Fault Detection, Isolation, and Recovery (TA 3.3.1)
    • Management and Control (TA 3.3.2)
    • Hierarchical Control of a Power System (TA 3.3.2.1)
    • Hierarchical Control of a Power System (TA 3.3.2.1)
    • Hierarchical Control of a Power System (TA 3.3.2.1)
    • Distribution and Transmission (TA 3.3.3)
    • Modular High- and Low-Power Switchgear (TA 3.3.3.3)
    • Modular High- and Low-Power Switchgear (TA 3.3.3.3)
    • Modular High- and Low-Power Switchgear (TA 3.3.3.3)
    • Conversion and Regulation (TA 3.3.5)
    • Modular Power Converters (TA 3.3.5.3)
    • Modular Power Converters (TA 3.3.5.3)
    • Modular Power Converters (TA 3.3.5.3)
  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems (TA 4)
    • Robotics and Autonomous Systems (TA 4)
    • Robotics and Autonomous Systems (TA 4)

Project Duration

Start Date: Oct 2011

End Date: Sep 2018

Project Technology Maturity

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