Technology Enterprise and Mission Pathfinder Office  (TEMPO)

Technology Enterprise and Mission Pathfinder Office (TEMPO)

OVERVIEW

The Technology Enterprise and Mission Pathfinder Office (TEMPO) manages the innovation pipeline for Goddard’s space communications and navigation enterprise. TEMPO is an incubator for technologies and projects within the Exploration and Space Communications projects division, enabling NASA’s most ambitious science and human exploration missions. TEMPO leads and coordinates mission enabling concept studies, identifies cross-cutting capability gaps, initiates and oversees technology roadmaps, performs technology experiments and evaluations, and applies entrepreneurial methods to deliver results.

Recent examples from TEMPO’s portfolio include: completion of a concept study to establish a communications and navigation service infrastructure at the Moon, and the incubation of several optical communications efforts, including projects that will deliver orders of magnitude improvements in data rates to NASA’s human exploration flagship Orion Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle and the International Space Station.