Beyond their extensive systems engineering expertise in space mission and technology development for NASA, the Department of Defense and other government agencies, beyond performing cutting-edge research with innovative and often built-in-house tools, scientists and engineers in APL's space sector are leading and developing initiatives that will facilitate the exploration of the Moon and could define the future of space exploration. 

Technology for Exploring the Lunar Surface

Image of astronaut David Scott from Apollo 15 on the Moon
Image from 1971 of astronaut David R. Scott, Apollo 15 commander, standing on the slope of Hadley Delta on the lunar surface. Credit: NASA/JSC

As the United States sets a course to return people to the Moon, APL, with sponsorship from NASA's Space Technology Mission Directorate, is leading an effort that brings the nation's most creative innovators from universities, nonprofit organizations, commercial companies and government agencies to catalyze the development of technology that will enable future robotic and human exploration of the Moon. As part of NASA’s Lunar Surface Innovation Initiative (LSII), the Lunar Surface Innovation Consortium (LSIC) will help NASA keep the United States at the forefront of lunar exploration. 

Click below to find out more about how APL is helping prepare the nation and the world for the future human presence on the Moon.

Michael Ryschkewitsch

We’re excited that NASA continues to trust APL to help it overcome science, engineering and technology challenges and seize opportunities supporting a sustained human presence on the Moon.

Mike Ryschkewitsch, former APL Space Exploration Sector head