National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Next Big Future Features NASA Technology Roadmap for Space Power Generation and Energy Storage

“NASA has a space power and energy storage technology roadmap. Power system composes 20-30 percent of the spacecraft mass.The flaw in the NASA analysis is that they are focused on enabling space science missions using the technology roadmaps. They are not focused on developing a systematic plan changing the game in space. Spacex is working towards changing the game with reusable rockets that could lower costs to space by 100 times. NASA technology plans need to look at how space can be industrialized and removing technological barriers to seed systems that can allow space resources to be used to bootstrap what can be done in space.”