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Space

Our innovations in chemical, electric, nuclear propulsion, and propellant management technology allow us to develop capabilities that are critical in NASA’s mission to take astronauts to numerous deep-space destinations.

Expertise

  • 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 International Space Station. A composite 3D model of NASA’s Advanced Colloids Experiment.

What we’re working on

 

Acronyms

A collection of acronyms used extensively by the space flight program/projects.

Students participate in NASA’s Drop Tower Challenge program.

Education and Outreach

The astronauts and operators of future robotic vehicles who will explore the Moon, Mars, and beyond are in schools across the country. Educating these future scientists and engineers is a priority for NASA, with programs available at all educational levels for students to get involved with their space program.

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

European Service Module

The Orion crew transport vehicle’s European Service Module (ESM) is the spacecraft’s powerhouse, supplying it with electricity, propulsion, thermal control, air, and water in space.

SEP
Solar Electric Propulsion

Solar Electric Propulsion

“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.” —Inscription on Columbus’ ships

SGSS
Space Network Ground Segment Sustainment (SGSS)

Space Communications and Navigation

The Space Communications and Spectrum Management Office at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio manages the planning, formulation, implementation, and integration of projects supporting NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) capabilities.

USA
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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