Technology Needs and Prioritization Process

  • The ExEP technology program aims to identify the technologies that will enable NASA’s future exoplanet missions, and to facilitate their maturation to be ready when needed. These technologies are identified through technology gap lists and communicated through the annual Technology Plan Appendix.
  • The description of the timelines for identifying new technologies can be found here.
  • Download milestone process: Technology Capability Input Form

2017 Technology Gap Lists

The motivation and objectives of the ExEP Technology Program are summarized in gap lists. These lists, serve to identify where technology development is needed. A technology gaps is defined as the separation between what has been done (or is known) today relative to what is needed in order to implement a specified future mission. The lists are updated by the Program Technologist, as older gaps are narrowed (or closed), and new gaps are identified.

Coronagraph/Telescope Gaps Listed in Priority Order:

Starshade Technology Gaps Listed in Priority Order: