Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD)

The Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) develops crosscutting, pioneering new technologies and capabilities necessary for NASA to achieve current and future missions. These high-payoff, revolutionary technologies are rapidly developed, demonstrated, and integrated through collaborative partnerships. STMD uses a merit-based competition model with a portfolio approach, which spans a range of discipline areas and technology readiness levels (TRLs). STMD invests in and matures broadly applicable, disruptive technology not currently available in industry, in order to meet the needs of future NASA missions in science and exploration, as well as to lower the cost for other government agencies and commercial space initiatives.[6]  

The STMD organization is as follows:

Source: NASA

STMD Programs include:

  • Centennial Challenges
  • Center Innovation Fund
  • Emerging Space
  • Flight Opportunities
  • Game Changing Development (GCD)
  • NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC)
  • NASA’s iTech Initiative
  • Prizes and Challenges
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Programs
  • Small Spacecraft Technology Program
  • Space Technology Research Grants
  • Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM)
  • Technology Transfer[7]

Updated July 2018 by Rachel Werth

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