NASA’s Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM) manages a portfolio of projects that bridge the gap between development and mission infusion by advancing new technologies and transitioning those capabilities to NASA missions, industry, and other government agencies. The TDM program is part of NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate. Chosen technologies are 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.
Technology Demonstration Missions (TDM)
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.
The Technology Demonstration Missions Program Office at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, is overseeing a portfolio of technology demonstration projects — both ground tests and flight tests — led by NASA centers and industry partners across the country.
Low-Earth Orbit Flight Test of an Inflatable Decelerator (LOFTID)
Jul 19, 2023
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Laser Communications Relay Demonstration (LCRD)
Jul 3, 2023
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Educational Resources for TDM
NASA has an extensive collection of K-12 resources to encourage students, informal, and formal educators to engage in NASA missions of exploration and discovery. Below is a listing of resources that relate to Technology Demonstration Missions.
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