The International Space Station photographed by Expedition 56 crew members from a Soyuz spacecraft after undocking.
NExIS is NASA’s Exploration and In-space Services projects division.
You’ve probably heard a lot about the incredible science that happens on board the station, but the outside is actually prime real estate for all kinds of experiments and technology development, too.
Just like other NASA organizations, private entities, educational institutions, and government partners have used the International Space Station to conduct science and learn in a space environment, NASA’s Exploration & In-space Services division (NExIS) has been sending payloads and providing tools to the orbiting lab for years to test and develop servicing technologies that will be incorporated into future missions. As we look to exploring our solar system and beyond, and establishing a sustained human presence in space beyond low-Earth orbit, many of these technologies will play a key role.
In celebration of 20 continuous years of human habitation and research in space in November 2020, the Division launched a new series, “Tech on Deck,” that showcases these projects, focusing on exterior research payloads including robotic and astronaut tools.
The series consists of five-minute, scripted segments, featuring short clips with relevant guests. Each episode focuses on a different NExIS technology demonstration mission on the orbiting laboratory, with the first providing a high-level introduction. One episode was shared each week during March and April 2021. The release schedule and links to each segment are provided below: