Exploration Research and Technology

The Exploration Research and Technology segment has about $1,002.7 million requested in the FY2019 budget. Highlights for the segment follow:

  • “Conducts technology research and development to address requirements for human and robotic space exploration, and fosters commercial expansion in low Earth orbit, cislunar space and beyond.
  • Continues development of high-powered solar electric propulsion for the Lunar Orbital Platform – Gateway and other NASA exploration missions as well as help support commercial potential for the U.S. aerospace industry.
  • Supports the In-Space Robotic Manufacturing and Assembly mission that will use public-private partnerships to demonstrate new technologies to build large structures in a space environment.
  • Conducts cutting-edge research on the effect of spaceflight and the space environment on the human body, via the Human Research Program.”[1]

Updated September 2018 by Rachel Werth

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