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Missions: Venture Class

The NASA Science Mission Directorate/Earth Science Division's (SMD/ESD) Earth Venture is a Program element within the Earth System Science Pathfinder Program (ESSP) consisting of a series of new science-driven, competitively selected, low cost missions that will provide opportunity for investment in innovative Earth science to enhance our capability to better understand the current state of the Earth system and to enable continual improvement in the prediction of future changes. Earth Venture has been established, in part, in response to recommendations from the Earth Science and Applications from Space: National Imperatives for the Next Decade and Beyond (The National Academies Press, 2007) to initiate a series of missions deemed "venture class". The Venture-class mission formulation activities has resulted in a scientifically broad-reaching Program element that will solicit, through a series of frequent openly-competed solicitations, innovative research and application missions that might address any area of Earth science.

Mission Mission Category Status
Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) Current
ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment on Space Station (ECOSTRESS) Future, Formulation
Global Ecosystem Dynamics Investigation Lidar (GEDI on ISS) Future, Formulation
Multi-Angle Imager for Aerosols (MAIA) Future, Formulation
Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) Future, Formulation
Tropospheric Emissions: Monitoring of Pollution (TEMPO) Future, Formulation