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Program Introduction

NASA's Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) division is pioneering innovative approaches and public-private partnerships to rapidly develop prototype systems, advance key capabilities, and validate operational concepts for future human missions beyond Earth orbit. AES activities are related to crew mobility, habitation, vehicle systems, robotic precursors, and foundational systems for deep space, These activities are strongly coupled with future vehicle development while advancing critical compete...

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Anticipated Benefits

Benefits to NASA funded missions

AES activities reduce risk and improve affordability of deep-space mission elements. In addition to developing building blocks for future missions, AES is exploring innovative ways to drive a rapid pace of progress, streamline project management, and use limited resources, the NASA workforce, and citizen innovators more effectively.

Benefits to NASA unfunded & planned missions

AES activities reduce risk and improve affordability of deep-space mission elements. In addition to developing building blocks for future missions, AES is exploring innovative ways to drive a rapid pace of progress, streamline project management, and use limited resources, the NASA workforce, and citizen innovators more effectively.

Benefits to other government agencies

AES partners with other government agencies to leverage new technologies, reduce risk, and reduce cost. AES has active collaborations with other government agencies, such as the Department of Energy, DARPA,and the NAVY, on several projects that aid both partners to advance the state of the art.

Benefits to the commercial space industry

AES develops technologies that may be adopted by the commercial space industry to create new businesses, products, services, and jobs. AES leads several public-private partnerships with the commercial sector, spurring economic growth in new space markets.

Benefits to the nation

In addition to developing the building blocks for future human and robotic missions into deep space, AES is exploring innovative ways to drive rapid progress and streamline project management. Using limited resources, the NASA workforce, and citizen innovators, AES is supporting NASA’s efforts maintain U.S. leadership in space.

Success Stories

3D Printing on the International Space Station: A Key Step to Pioneering Sustainable Exploration Missions

U.S. Work Locations and Key Partners

NASA Organizations Performing Work Role Location
  • NASA Headquarters (HQ)
Lead Center Washington, DC
  • Ames Research Center (ARC)
Supporting Center Moffett Field, CA
  • Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC)
Supporting Center Edwards, CA
  • Glenn Research Center (GRC)
Supporting Center Cleveland, OH
  • Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)
Supporting Center Greenbelt, MD
  • Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Supporting Center Pasadena, CA
  • Johnson Space Center (JSC)
Supporting Center Houston, TX
  • Kennedy Space Center (KSC)
Supporting Center Kennedy Space Center, FL
  • Langley Research Center (LaRC)
Supporting Center Hampton, VA
  • Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC)
Supporting Center Huntsville, AL
  • NASA Headquarters (HQ)
Supporting Center Washington, DC
  • Stennis Space Center (SSC)
Supporting Center Stennis Space Center, MS
  • White Sands Test Facility (WSTF)
Supporting Center Las Cruces, NM
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U.S. States with Work:

 

Organizational Responsibility

Responsible Mission Directorate:

Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate (HEOMD)

Lead Center:

NASA Headquarters (HQ)

Program Management

Program Director:

  • Jason Crusan
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