STMD rapidly develops, demonstrates, and transfers revolutionary, high pay-off space technologies, driven by diverse ideas.
Rapid, Safe, and Efficient Space Transportation
Develop nuclear technologies enabling fast in-space transits.
Develop cryogenic storage, transport, and fluid management technologies for surface and in-space applications.
Produce advanced propulsion technologies that enable future science/commercial/exploration missions.
Expanded Access to Diverse Surface Destinations
Develop capabilities to enable lighting-independent precise landing on any terrain.
Develop capabilities enabling small to large missions to efficiently enter any atmospheres within our solar system.
Develop capabilities to support global access to the moon and Mars including accurate prediction of plume surface interaction.
Sustainable Living and Working Farther from Earth
Keep astronauts healthy and productive while living in space and planetary vehicles.
Develop scalable ISRU production/utilization capabilities including sustainable commodities on the lunar and Mars surface.
Develop sustainable power sources and other surface utilities to enable continuous lunar and Mars surface operations.
Develop thermal management technologies that enable surviving the extreme lunar and Mars environments.
Develop methodologies for moving regolith for in-situ purposes such as commodities extraction and constructing infrastructure like landing pads and other structures using in-situ resources.
Transformative Missions and Discoveries
Develop advanced avionics to meet agency objectives, including radiation-hardened spaceflight computing technologies.
Develop both terrestrial and in-space manufacturing technologies to make commercial and exploration missions more capable and affordable.
Develop autonomy and robotics technologies that enable and enhance the full range of science and exploration missions (both with and without crew).
Develop communication, navigation, and timing approaches to support diverse asset (human or robotic) needs including establishing asset location in-space.
Develop technologies for in-space creation, maintenance, and evolution of space assets leveraging expanding in-space infrastructure.
Develop technologies for small spacecraft and responsive launch to rapidly expand space capabilities at dramatically lower costs.