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Technology maturation process: the NASA Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program
Author(s): Mario R. Perez; Bruce T. Pham; Peter R. Lawson
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Paper Abstract

In 2009 the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters established the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) solicitation as a new technology maturation program to fill the needed gap for mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) levels (3≤ TRL <6). In three full proposal selection cycles since the inception of this program, more than 40 investigations have been selected, many meritorious milestones have been met and advances have been achieved. In this paper, we review the process of establishing technology priorities, the management of technology advancements and milestones, and the incipient success of some of these investigations in light of the need of future space missions.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 August 2014
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 914313 (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057961
Show Author Affiliations
Mario R. Perez, NASA Headquarters (United States)
Bruce T. Pham, NASA Goddard Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Peter R. Lawson, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9143:
Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave
Jacobus M. Oschmann; Mark Clampin; Giovanni G. Fazio; Howard A. MacEwen, Editor(s)

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