Exploration Systems Project (ESP)

Exploration Systems Project (ESP)

OVERVIEW

The Exploration Systems Project (ESP) leverages Goddard’s rich history in robotic missions, science and technology development to help NASA explore the Moon and journey beyond. ESP is a small advanced concepts formulation and development team dedicated to supporting future exploration efforts by adapting existing technology. The team contributes to 10 or more projects and advanced concept initiatives at a time. ESP's cross-cutting work ranges from avionics and software to architecture analysis and advanced exploration systems development, including human habitation, miniaturization of science instruments, equipment for astronaut use, leveraging composites for lightweight structures, space communications, and more.

Quick Facts

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ESP is building a core avionics and software system for the Descent and Transfer Elements of the Human Landing System to land humans on the Moon.
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ESP trains astronauts in some of the most remote places on the planet, such as inside volcanoes in Hawaii. There they learn the skills they need to explore the surface of foreign planets and other objects.
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Working with other Goddard scientists, ESP miniaturizes existing instruments to enable astronauts to use them in space. This capability can also be used for robotic missions, satellites and other assets.
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ESP is helping lead Human Systems Integration and human factors work for a variety of human exploration systems, including the Lunar Gateway