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Advanced Exploration Systems Division

AES Modular Power Systems (AMPS)

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The AES Modular Power Systems (AMPS) project will infuse new technology into power systems and components and prove their capabilities through exploration-based ground demonstrations. AMPS will explore technologies that enable the development of modular power units which, when combined with standardized interfaces, will provide commonality across a variety of exploration vehicles for future NASA missions. Additionally, AMPS will assess and provide recommendations for improvements and/or further design concept refinements of proposed power systems for other Advanced Exploration Systems Projects and Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate Programs. 

The goals of this project are to develop modular power design standards and systems for human exploration flight vehicles; to assess, develop, and/or improve power system designs for AES/HEOMD missions and mission concepts; to demonstrate modular power design systems, by participating in integrated ground demonstrations; to infuse modular power technologies into current and future NASA missions; to work closely with other NASA mission directorates, industry, and other government agencies as practical; and to demonstrate and verify the operation of the modular power systems in a relevant, end-to-end, ground test environment.

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