A collection of acronyms used extensively by the space flight program/projects.
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.
- 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
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.
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.
NASA’s Physical Sciences Research Program at the International Space Station (ISS) has conducted striking fundamental and applied research leading to improved space systems and new, advantageous products on Earth.
Supporting the Planetary Science Division in the Science Mission Directorate
“Following the light of the sun, we left the Old World.” —Inscription on Columbus’ ships
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.
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.