In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies

Testing the Next-Generation of Earth Science Technology

InVEST-20 Solicitation Information

The In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies Program funds projects that want to test their instruments in space. The program aims to reduce the overall risk of incorporating new technologies into future Earth science missions.

Looking ahead

Recent advancements in small, standardized satellites and low-cost access to space are rapidly transforming the way technologies are demonstrated and validated. Meaningful risk reduction for hardware components and information systems can be accomplished quickly for future flight instruments.

Leaving on a small satellite

With rapid advancements in small satellite platforms, InVEST projects have validated many new instruments and information systems by installing them on bread loaf-sized CubeSats. These standardized, modular satellites are relatively inexpensive to build on short time frames and their small volumes and weights make it easier to send multiple on a single rocket. 

Launching to space

There are a number of commercial launch providers entering this field to provide access to space. Several government efforts also provide opportunities for small satellite payloads, including:

Solicitations

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