We fund new technologies to study Earth. From an initial concept design all the way to in-space validation, we work with researchers to build and develop new ideas that advance Earth science research.
NASA monitors and studies Earth from the unique vantage point of space. The Earth Science Technology Office is part of NASA Headquarters’ Earth Science Division, along with the Research and Analysis, Applied Sciences and Flight programs. The four programs design science and technology, launch airborne and space missions, analyze data and observations, and develop ways to put the information to use to benefit society.
The Earth Science Technology Office runs open, competitive solicitations to fund people to build and validate new technologies that enable future science missions. Our projects aim to reduce the risk, size, cost and development time of NASA science missions and turn state-of-the-art technologies into the state-of-the-science.
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The Instrument Incubator Program (IIP) helps investigators prepare their instrument for space flight.Learn more
The Advanced Component Technologies (ACT) program funds and develops components and subsystems that often become the building blocks of Earth science instruments.Learn More
The Advanced Information Systems Technology (AIST) program identifies, funds, and develops technologies to revolutionize how we acquire, integrate, and analyze Earth science measurements and observations.Learn More
New Landsat Technologies
The Sustainable Land Imaging-Technology (SLI-T) program funds projects that ensure the sustainability of future Landsat missions.Learn More
Decadal Survey Incubation Program
The Incubation program will fund projects that accelerate NASA's technological capabilities to measure the Planetary Boundary Layer (PBL) and Surface Topography & Vegetation (ST&V) from space.Learn More
Technology Validation in Space
The In-Space Validation of Earth Science Technologies (InVEST) program funds projects that test new technologies on small spacecraft. These projects can pave the way for more effective and efficient Earth observing missions.Learn More