Orion’s service module is the powerhouse of the spacecraft, supplying it with the electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air and water it needs in space.
Through innovations in propellant management and chemical, electric and nuclear propulsion technology, we’re developing capabilities that are a critical part of NASA’s mission to take astronauts to a variety of deep-space destinations.
- Chemical propulsion
- Electric propulsion (ion, Hall, plasma)
- Nuclear propulsion
- Cryogenic fluids (oxygen, methane, hydrogen) handling, characterization, storage, delivery, demonstration and flight packages
What we’re working on
NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program, along with its predecessors, has conducted significant fundamental and applied research, which has led to improved space systems and produced new products offering benefits on Earth.
“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.” —Inscription on Columbus’ ships
The Space Communications and Spectrum Management Office manages the planning, formulation, implementation, and integration or projects and tasks assigned to the Glenn Research Center (GRC) that support the NASA Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) capabilities led by the Headquarters–managed SCaN Program.
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) rocket is designed to be flexible and evolvable to meet a variety of crew and cargo mission needs – and with an exploration upper stage (EUS) planned for future configurations, the Universal Stage Adapter (USA) will connect the rocket to the Orion spacecraft.