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The Advanced Modular Power Systems (AMPS) project is infusing new technology into power systems and components and proving their capabilities through exploration-based ground demonstrations. The AMPS technology portfolio includes the development of modular power units which, when combined with stand...
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The Solar Electric Propulsion Project shall develop and qualify an advanced 12.5 kW EP thruster applicable to human/robotic exploration and commercial spaceflight missions including the Power and Propulsion Element (PPE). The technology development objective of the SEP subproject, Plasma Diagnostics...
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Quantum optical communications is an emerging space-based technology that could potentially increase the information capacity of communications networks significantly and provide fundamentally secure communication links between trusted nodes within the network using Quantum Key Distribution (QKD). T...
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The NASA GeneLab project aims to facilitate information sharing, foster innovation, and increase the pace of scientific discovery from rare and valuable space biology experiments. The 2011 National Research Council (NRC) Decadal Survey on NASA Life and Physical Sciences research called for increased...
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The next generation of aerospace systems requires materials and structures that combine high performance at high utilization in short missions with the possibility of high rate production, without excessive non-recurring cost, to allow for rate flexibility and shorter structural life cycles. The dev...
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Lunar IceCube is a 6U CubeSat that will launched by SLS on Artemis 1. Its mission is to prospect for water in ice, liquid, and vapor forms and other lunar volatiles from a low-perigee, inclined lunar orbit. Morehead State University is leading the development of Lunar IceCube under a NextSTEP partne...
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WINDMAP addresses the emerging needs in the aviation community of providing real-time weather forecasting to improve the safety of low altitude aircraft operations. This is accomplished through the integration of real-time observations from autonomous systems, such as drones and urban air taxis, wit...
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Ohao III will serve as a test rig for the validation of crop production systems and technologies on the ISS. Given key nutrients in pre-packaged foods will degrade over time, flight crews on deep space missions will need fresh food to supplement the nutritional deficits of the pre-packaged food syst...
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Autonomous operations are critical for the success, safety, and crew survival of NASA deep space missions, including Gateway and Artemis. Future human spaceflight missions will consist of crewed and un-crewed spacecraft that will involve travel to distances beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO), for extended...
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Develop Precision Landing and Hazard Avoidance (PL&HA) technologies for infusion into 2020’s robotic science missions and with a path for follow-on infusion into precursor and human Moon or Mars missions. Develop a multi-mission PL&HA Requirements Matrix for a suite of prioritized destinations. Deve...
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