Crosscutting Capability Demonstrations

    One of the greatest challenges that NASA faces in incorporating advanced technologies into future missions is bridging the mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL 3-6) gap between early conceptual studies and infusion of a new technology onto the critical path of a science or exploration mission. Maturing a space technology to flight readiness status through relevant environment testing is a significant challenge from both a cost and risk perspective. Flight demonstration of a technology is often considered too risky or too costly for a mission. The Crosscutting Capability Demonstrations Division matures a small number of technologies that are of benefit to multiple customers to flight readiness status, TRL 6 or higher.

    The Crosscutting Capability Demonstrations Division consists of three programs that will demonstrate technologies in a relevant environment: Questions may be directed to James Reuther at