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Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC)

Danielle Margiotta, Mail Code GSFC: 5460, Phone: 301.286.9688 is the Education and Outreach Program Manager for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate (AETD) at NASA GSFC. She has worked with the divisions and the directorate Chief Technologist, Mike Johnson Mail Code GSFC: 5000, Phone: 301.286.5386 to get together possible EPSCoR topics for inclusion in the next call for proposals. Below are topics that she has collected that are related to technology development in AETD.


  • Advanced Manufacturing- facilitate the development, evaluation, and deployment of efficient and flexible additive manufacturing technologies. (ref:
  • Advanced Multi-functional Systems and Structures- novel approaches to increase spacecraft systems resource utilization
  • Micro- and Nanotechnology-Based Detector Systems- research and application of these technologies to increase the efficiency of detector and optical systems
  • Ultra-miniature Spaceflight Systems- miniaturization approaches from multiple disciplines— materials, mechanical, electrical, software, and optical— to achieve substantial resource reductions
  • Systems Robust to Extreme Environments - materials and design approaches that will preserve designed system properties and operational parameters (e.g. mechanical, electrical, thermal), and enable reliable systems operations in hostile space environments.
  • Spacecraft Navigation Technologies
    • Spacecraft GNSS receivers, ranging crosslink transceivers, and relative navigation sensors
    • Optical navigation and satellite laser ranging
    • Deep-space autonomous navigation techniques
    • Software tools for spacecraft navigation ground operations and navigation analysis
  • Mission and Trajectory Design Technologies
    • Mission design tools that will enable new mission classes (e.g., low thrust planetary missions, precision formation flying missions)
    • Mission design tools that reduce the costs and risks of current mission design methodologies
    • Trajectory design techniques that enable integrated optimal designs across multiple orbital dynamic regimes (i.e. earth orbiting, earth-moon libration point, sun-earth libration point, interplanetary)
  • Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control Technologies
    • Modeling, simulation, and advanced estimation algorithms
    • Advanced spacecraft attitude sensor technologies (e.g., MEMS IMU’s, precision optical trackers)
    • Advanced spacecraft actuator technologies (e.g. modular and scalable momentum control devices, ‘green’ propulsion, micropropulsion, low power electric propulsion)
  • CubeSats - Participating institutions will develop CubeSat components, technologies and systems to support NASA technology demonstration and risk reduction efforts. Student teams will develop miniature CubeSat power, pointing, communication, command/telemetry, structure, deployable (etc) sub-systems and/or integrate such components into complete off-the-shelf “CubeSat bus” systems, with a goal of minimizing “bus” weight/power/volume/cost and maximizing available “payload” weight/power/volume. NASA technologists will then use these components/systems to develop payloads that demonstrate key technologies to prove concepts and/or reduce risks for future Earth Science, Space Science and Exploration/Robotic Servicing missions. POC is Thomas P. Flatley, Mail Code GSFC-5870, Phone: 301.286.7029
  • On-Orbit Multicore Computing - High performance multicore processing for advanced automation and science data processing on spacecraft. There are multiple multicore processing platforms in development that are being targeted for the next generation of science and exploration missions, but there is little work in the area of software frameworks and architectures to utilize these platforms. It is proposed that research in the areas of efficient inter-core communications, software partitioning, fault detection, isolation & recovery, memory management, core power management, scheduling algorithms, and software frameworks be done to enable a transition to these newer platforms. Participating institutions can select areas to research and work with NASA technologists to develop and prototype the resulting concepts. POC is Charles P. Wildermann, Code GSFC-5820, Phone: 301.286.2628