Title:   JPL Technology For Small Space Missions

 Abstract:

 NASA's Jet propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has lead the way for exploring deep space.  JPL's tradition of space exploration dates from the very first U. S. spacecraft, Explorer 1, which was launched quickly in response to the Soviet's "Sputnik" and discovered the Earth's Van Allen radiation belts.  Since then, JPL missions like the Viking Mars landers, the Voyager missions to the outer planets, and the Galileo mission to Jupiter have greatly increased our understanding of the solar system.  These were all very large spacecraft.  Today, JPL is working to do the same quality science with much smaller and less costly missions.  Also, JPL is no longer the only place where these missions are developed.  A new world of space-faring nations has arisen. A critical part of JPL maintaining its role in deep space is the continuous development of advanced technology. This talk gives an overview of technology work going on at JPL in support of its future, smaller space missions.