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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.


  • Propellants
  • Chemical propulsion
  • Electric propulsion (ion, Hall, plasma)
  • Nuclear propulsion
  • Cryogenic fluids (oxygen, methane, hydrogen) handling, characterization, storage, delivery, demonstration and flight packages

NASA takes first 3-D Microscopic Image on the Space Station

What we’re working on


The astronauts and operators of future robotic vehicles who will be exploring the Moon, Mars and beyond are in high schools and grade schools across the country. Educating these future scientist and engineers is a priority for NASA, and many programs are available at all educational levels for students to get involved with their space … Read the rest ⇢

Artist's rendering of the European-built service module for NASA's Orion crew-transport vehicle.

European Service Module (ESM)

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.

International Space Station Research

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.

Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS)

Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN)

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.

Artists rendering of the Universal Stage Adapter (Credit: Dynetics)

Universal Stage Adapter (USA)

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.

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