The NASA Strategic Space Technology Investment Plan (NASA SSTIP) is a comprehensive strategic plan that prioritizes space technologies essential to the pursuit of NASA's mission and achievement of national goals.
The NASA SSTIP was created following development of a series of Agency draft Space Technology Roadmaps in 2010. After careful review of the roadmaps by the National Research Council, with input from the public and key stakeholders, NASA finalized this new investment plan. The plan provides guidance for NASA's space technology investments during the next four years, within the context of a 20-year horizon. The plan will be updated every two years, as appropriate, to meet Agency and national needs.
In 2010, the President and Congress unveiled an ambitious new direction for NASA which included renewing investment in space technology to align Mission Directorate activities, increase capability, lower mission costs, and support long-term needs. The result has been an aggressive and prioritized technology investment by NASA that enables exploration and science missions while also supporting other government and commercial space activities. The plan is based on a four-pillar system of goals to ensure NASA investments optimize the benefits of key stakeholders, other U.S. government agencies, the private sector, and the national economy. In addition to detailing this strategy, the NASA SSTIP describes guiding principles of investment, a governance strategy for updating the plan, and the technical challenges and potential impact of current and future technology developments. The NASA SSTIP does not offer guidance or direction for aeronautics technology development, which is provided in other national policy documents.
NASA realizes the importance of a balanced portfolio of technology development at all stages of technology maturity. Using the NASA SSTIP, the Agency will continue to invest in revolutionary concepts that help develop the nation's workforce and provide transformative and crosscutting technology breakthroughs that enable our missions and benefit the commercial sector.
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