2 August 2014 Technology maturation process: the NASA Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program
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In 2009 the Astrophysics Division at NASA Headquarters established the Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) solicitation as a new technology maturation program to fill the needed gap for mid-Technology Readiness Level (TRL) levels (3≤ TRL <6). In three full proposal selection cycles since the inception of this program, more than 40 investigations have been selected, many meritorious milestones have been met and advances have been achieved. In this paper, we review the process of establishing technology priorities, the management of technology advancements and milestones, and the incipient success of some of these investigations in light of the need of future space missions.
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Mario R. Perez, Mario R. Perez, Bruce T. Pham, Bruce T. Pham, Peter R. Lawson, Peter R. Lawson, "Technology maturation process: the NASA Strategic Astrophysics Technology (SAT) program", Proc. SPIE 9143, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2014: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 914313 (2 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2057961; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2057961

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