New Technology Development Projects
Identify and support the development of new subsystem technologies to enhance or expand the capabilities of small spacecraft. The program seeks to develop subsystem technologies that are new and revolutionary in their impact, rather than incremental improvements of existing subsystems. The goal is to advance subsystem technologies from a readiness level of 3 (Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof of concept) to a readiness level of 5 (Component and/or breadboard validation in relevant environment).
Laboratory development and ground testing of promising transformational small spacecraft technologies and capabilities will be supported with some reaching a maturity level suitable for flight demonstration.
These activities were envisioned to occur within the Franklin Program. It is expected that funding will be available for these activities for the first time in 2013.