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A teams works on NASA’s Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID), dedicated to the memory of Bernard Kutter which will launch as a secondary payload aboard the Joint Polar Satellite System-2 (JPSS-2) mission.
An artist depiction of Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) in space.
SEP Illustration showing the solar electric propulsion in space with two thrusters.

Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM)

NASA’s Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM) bridges the gap between: need and means; scientific and engineering challenges and the technological innovations needed to overcome them; early proof-of-concept tests; and the final infusion of cost-effective, revolutionary new technologies into NASA, government and commercial space missions.

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TDM Projects

Chosen technologies will be thoroughly ground- and flight-tested in relevant operating environments reducing risks to future flight missions, gaining operational heritage and continuing NASA’s long history as a technological leader. These newly proven technologies will enable future NASA missions to pursue bolder goals; make human missions safer and more rewarding; and enable new expansion of space industry in the government and commercial sectors.

An illustration of a deep space transport vehicle with the moon in the background.

Cryogenic Fluid Management

The Cryogenic Fluid Management Portfolio Project is chartered to lead and manage cryogenic fluid research and technology development across NASA.  

Deep Space Optical Communications

Deep Space Optical Communications

Deep Space Optical Communications (DSOC) will be the first demonstration of optical communications beyond the Earth-Moon system.

Artist's concept of a fission power system on the lunar surface.

Fission Surface Power

Fission Surface Power (FSP) is working with the Department of Energy (DOE) and industry to design a fission power system that provides at least 40 kilowatts of power.

An artist rendering of a space craft used to service satellites in space.

On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing – 1

On-Orbit Servicing, Assembly, and Manufacturing – 1 (OSAM-1) is a robotic spacecraft equipped with the tools, technologies and techniques needed to extend satellites' lifespans .

SEP Illustration showing the solar electric propulsion in space with two thrusters.

Solar Electric Propulsion

Solar Electric Propulsion (SEP) project will enable government and commercial customers to extend the length and capabilities of ambitious new exploration and science missions.

Nuclear thermal propulsion

Space Nuclear Propulsion

Space Nuclear Propulsion (SNP) is one technology that can provide high thrust and double the propellant efficiency of chemical rockets, making it a viable option for crewed missions to Mars.