From space-borne instruments and components to data systems and modeling, the NASA Earth Science Technology Office (ESTO) funds and develops a broad range of technologies for the scientific observation and measurement of Earth. ESTO technologies are also used for NASA operational requirements as well as practical applications that benefit society at large.
The Advanced Sensors Group leads developments in Earth remote sensing technologies through the Advanced Component Technologies and Instrument Incubator Programs.
The Advanced Information Systems Group pursues sensor webs, automation, interoperability, networking, communication protocols, and other technologies to enhance the production, collection, handling, transmission, analysis, and comprehension of data.
The validation of emerging technologies is a critical step on the path to infusion. ESTO works in partnership with other programs to enable access to airborne and spaceborne platforms.