A Closer Look at NASA’s Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan

Posted by Doug Messier on February 24, 2013, at 6:57 am in News

Earlier this month, NASA released its Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan that prioritizes the space technologies the agency considers to be essential to achieve its goals over the next 20 years. The 92-page plan calls for a balanced series of investments across 14 key technology areas. The document also specifically outlines spending priorities over the next four years, which cover the remainder of the Obama Administration’s term.

The investments are divided into three main categories: core technology (70%), adjacent technology (30%), and complementary technology (10%). The investments are placed within a larger framework composed of four pillars that describe NASA’s overall goals in space.

The investment categories and pillars are described below in excerpts from the report. You can view the entire report online on NASA’s website.

Core Technology Investments (70%)

The Core technologies represent focused areas of technology investment that are indispensable for NASA’s present and planned future missions. The Core technology investments have significant impact on NASA’s scientific, robotic, and human exploration missions and further the technology needs of other Government agencies and the commercial sector. The Core priorities include both mission-specific technologies and pioneering and crosscutting developments.

The Core technologies are:

1. Launch and In-space Propulsion
2. High Data Rate Communications
3. Lightweight Space Structures and Materials
4. Robotics and Autonomous Systems
5. Environmental Control and Life Support System
6. Space Radiation Mitigation
7. Scientific Instruments and Sensors
8. Entry, Descent, and Landing

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