Advanced Component Technology

The Building Blocks of New Earth Science Instruments

The Advanced Component Technologies Program funds new component- and subsystem-level technologies to reduce the risk, cost, size, mass, and development time of missions and infrastructure.

The program leverages technology investments by collaborating with national and international agencies, and with U.S. private industry. It helps mature components so that they can be integrated into other NASA-funded technology projects, including those funded by the Instrument Incubator Program. Some components are directly infused into mission designs by flight projects. Other components “graduate” to other programs for further development.

Although current investments are primarily geared toward developing components for instruments, the program also develops new ways to perform measurements and process data products to expand research and application capabilities.


ACT uses the NASA Research Announcement as its investment vehicle. Links to the full solicitations and awards are listed below.