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NASA Seeks Input to Prioritize Space Technology Due to Limited Budgets

NASA is seeking public feedback on which of nearly 200 technology should be prioritized due to budget shortfalls.

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Zac Aubert

Zac Aubert

Mon Apr 29 2024Written by Zac Aubert

NASA is seeking public feedback on which of nearly 200 technology should be prioritized due to budget shortfalls.

The list of 187 "technology shortfalls" spans 20 key areas of space technology, including space transportation, life support, power, and thermal management. The agency aims to better allocate its limited funding toward addressing these critical gaps in space technology.

These shortfalls represent areas where existing technology requires further development to meet the evolving needs of NASA's ambitious future missions.

In a bid to democratize the prioritization process, NASA has launched a dedicated website inviting members of the public to review the listed technologies and assess their importance. This opportunity for public input will remain open until May 13.


By gathering insights from a diverse range of stakeholders, NASA hopes to gain valuable perspectives that will inform its investment decisions.

"This initiative marks a significant shift in how we approach technology development," - Kurt "Spuds" Vogel, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Technology.

By prioritizing technology shortfalls, NASA aims to allocate its resources more effectively, focusing on solving the most pressing challenges identified by stakeholders.

"We do not have a budget to tackle all of these problems at once...Therefore, we have to prioritize the limited dollars that we are blessed with to attack the problems that are most important to our stakeholders." - Kurt "Spuds" Vogel, NASA's Associate Administrator for Space Technology.

The public input process allows participants to rate the importance of identified technology shortfalls, suggest additional technologies for consideration, and flag shortfalls they believe have already been resolved.

NASA will synthesize this feedback alongside inputs from internal agency efforts to develop a comprehensive ranked list of technologies by summer.

While individual inputs will not be disclosed, NASA plans to provide insights into how various stakeholder groups, including industry and academia, ranked technologies.

Looking ahead, NASA anticipates ongoing refinement of the prioritization process, with the number of identified shortfalls potentially fluctuating based on continued feedback. NASSA envisions an annual update cycle, with the prioritization tool evolving over time to reflect changing technological landscapes and mission objectives.

NASA's quest to harness the collective wisdom of stakeholders underscores its commitment to fostering innovation and maximizing the impact of its investments in space technology. As humanity ventures further into the cosmos, the success of these endeavors hinges on strategic prioritization and inclusive collaboration.