National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Glenn Research Center

Research and Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (RTAPS)

2010-2015

The objective of the Research and Technologies for Aerospace Propulsion Systems (RTAPS) procurement is to provide a contractual vehicle by which industry will develop, demonstrate, and verify advanced propulsion system technologies as part of NASA’s aerospace research programs. Research and development efforts in these technologies will address a wide variety of propulsion issues for subsonic, supersonic, hypersonic, and rotorcraft transportation vehicles, as well as addressing issues pertaining to aviation safety and space exploration missions.

The Four Technology Areas

General Information

  • RTAPS is NOT a new program or project but rather a contractual vehicle to be used by multiple aerospace projects.
  • RTAPS will support NASA’s on-going, long-term aerospace research programs addressing a wide variety of propulsion issues.