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Development of a Ground Test and Analysis Protocol to Support NASA's NextSTEP Phase 2 Habitation ConceptsThe NASA Next Space Technologies for Exploration Partnerships (NextSTEP) program is a public-private partnership model that seeks commercial development of deep space exploration capabilities to support extensive human spaceflight missions around and beyond cislunar space. NASA first issued the Phase 1 NextSTEP Broad Agency Announcement to U.S. industries in 2014, which called for innovative cislunar habitation concepts that leveraged commercialization plans for low Earth orbit. These habitats will be part of the Deep Space Gateway (DSG), the cislunar space station planned by NASA for construction in the 2020s. In 2016, Phase 2 of the NextSTEP program selected five commercial partners to develop ground prototypes. A team of NASA research engineers and subject matter experts have been tasked with developing the ground test protocol that will serve as the primary means by which these Phase 2 prototype habitats will be evaluated. Since 2008, this core test team has successfully conducted multiple spaceflight analog mission evaluations utilizing a consistent set of operational products, tools, methods, and metrics to enable the iterative development, testing, analysis, and validation of evolving exploration architectures, operations concepts, and vehicle designs. The purpose of implementing a similar evaluation process for the NextSTEP Phase 2 Habitation Concepts is to consistently evaluate the different commercial partner ground prototypes to provide data-driven, actionable recommendations for Phase 3.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Johnson Space Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Beaton, Kara H.
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Chappell, Steven P.
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Bekdash, Omar S.
(Wyle Labs., Inc. Houston, TX, United States)
Gernhardt, Michael L.
(NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
June 29, 2017
Publication Date
March 3, 2018
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Spacecraft Design, Testing And Performance
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: IEEE Aerospace Conference 2018
Location: Big Sky, MT
Country: United States
Start Date: March 3, 2018
End Date: March 10, 2018
Sponsors: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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