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NASA Space Technology Roadmaps Available for Public Review and Comment

By Keith Cowing
April 8, 2013
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NASA’s integrated technology roadmap, which includes both “pull” and “push” technology strategies, considers a wide range of pathways to advance the nation’s current capabilities in space. Fourteen draft Space Technology Area Roadmaps comprise the overall integrated map. NASA developed the set of draft roadmaps for use by the National Research Council (NRC) as an initial point of departure for mapping NASA’s future investments in technology.
Through an open process of community engagement, the NRC will gather input, integrate, and prioritize each Space Technology Area Roadmap, providing NASA with strategic guidance and recommendations that inform the technology investment decisions of NASA’s space technology activities. Because it is difficult to predict the wide range of future advances possible in these areas, NASA plans to update the integrated technology roadmap on a regular basis.

The NRC will be holding public workshops on this topic in the near future. Additional information is available at the NRC website. Please provide comments or feedback on any of these draft Space Technology Roadmaps to the NRC at:

View the STR Overview
View the Technology Forecast

Click on each individual roadmap below to view and download them.

– TA01 Launch Propulsion Systems (12.9MB)
– TA02 In-Space Propulsion Technologies (4MB)
– TA03 Space Power and Energy Storage (6.8MB)
– TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics and Autonomous Systems (5MB)
– TA05 Communication and Navigation (4.5MB)
– TA06 Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems (5.4MB)
– TA07 Human Exploration Destination Systems (8.5MB)
– TA08 Science Instruments, Observatories and Sensor Systems (4.4MB)
– TA09 Entry, Descent and Landing Systems (6.3MB)
– TA10 Nanotechnology (10.8MB)
– TA11 Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology and Processing (4.9MB)
– TA12 Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems and Manufacturing (9.6MB)
– TA13 Ground and Launch Systems Processing (9.9MB)
– TA14 Thermal Management Systems (5.8MB)

Space Technology Roadmaps for the Fourteen Technology Areas /Technology Area Strategic Roadmapsand Breakdown Structure (33.5MB)

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