ASU New Space Initiative

Arizona State University's Space Technology and Science or “NewSpace” Initiative is leading a new integration of academic and commercial space enterprises using ASU’s core strengths in space exploration research, engineering and education.

More than 211 ASU researchers have extensive experience in space science and exploration. ASU is also home to the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera and the Center for Meteorite Studies and a key participant in NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter, the Curiosity and Opportunity rover missions to Mars, and the upcoming Mars 2020 rover mission. In addition, ASU takes an active tole in the fast-growing field of CubeSats, small satellites ideal for business applications.

ASU attracted more than $122 million in federal funding for research and education from NASA, JPL and the Space Telescope Science Institute since 2000, and is one of only two universities nationally able to utilize the U.S. National Laboratory onboard the International Space Station (ISS) for biomedical research. 

The iniative is directed by Professor Jim Bell and ASU researchers Scott Smas and Craig Hardgrove in ASU's School of Earth and Space Exploration.