A Process to Evaluate Advanced Technologies for Future NASA Needs 2001-01-2399
The development of innovative technologies leading to flight hardware requires substantially more funding than typical commercial development efforts. Therefore, given the current resource constraints at NASA, funding must be invested wisely in new technologies having a high probability of meeting requirements established by NASA. The Toxicology Laboratory at Johnson Space Center (JSC) was faced with such a choice in selecting technology for a second-generation volatile organic analyzer to be used for monitoring spacecraft air quality in the later phases of the International Space Station (ISS). A method was needed that could fairly and accurately evaluate technologies and ultimately lead to the selection of the best technology. A systematic approach to identifying, reviewing, and rating advanced technologies was developed. Results from the second-generation VOA activities will be used to illustrate this unique technology selection process.