SSERVI members include academic institutions, non-profit research institutes, private companies, NASA centers and other government laboratories. The new teams – which SSERVI will support for five years at a combined total of about $3-5 million per year – were selected from a pool of 22 proposals based on competitive peer-review evaluation.
The selected SSERVI member teams, listed with their principal investigators and research topics, are:
- Network for Exploration and Space Science (NESS); Jack Burns, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado.
NESS will implement cross-disciplinary partnerships to advance
scientific discovery and human exploration at target destinations by
conducting research in robotics, cosmology, astrophysics and
heliophysics that is uniquely enabled by human and robotic exploration
at the moon, near-Earth asteroids and comets, and Phobos and Deimos.
- Toolbox for Research and Exploration (TREX); Amanda Hendrix, Planetary Science Institute, Tucson, Arizona.
TREX aims to develop tools and research methods for exploration of
airless bodies, like the moon and asteroids, that are coated in
fine-grained dust in order to prepare for human missions. Laboratory
spectral measurements and experiments will accompany studies of existing
datasets to understand surface characteristics and to investigate
potential resources on airless bodies.
- Radiation Effects on Volatiles and Exploration of Asteroids
and Lunar Surfaces (REVEALS); Thomas Orlando, Georgia Institute of
Technology, Atlanta, Georgia. The REVEALS team will explore
radiation processing of natural regolith and human-made composite
materials to understand the condensed-matter physics and radiation
chemistry that can lead to volatile formation, sequestration and
transport. This team also will explore how novel materials and real-time
radiation detectors can minimize risks and exposure to dangerous
radiation during human exploration missions.
- Exploration Science Pathfinder Research for Enhancing Solar System Observations (ESPRESSO); Alex Parker, Southwest Research Institute, Boulder, Colorado. Team ESPRESSO will focus on characterizing target surfaces and mitigating hazards that create risk for robotic and human explorers. It will work to assess the geotechnical and thermomechanical properties of target body surfaces to help us understand and predict hazards like landslides, and to improve our understanding of impact ejecta dynamics.