Technology Readiness Level (TRL)

Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) are a sequence of carefully-defined levels of technology maturity, intended to help communicate the developmental status and risk of emerging technologies. Of course, the selection of the specific TRL number for a particular technology is often a matter of opinion, but properly used, TRL's should replace vague and self-serving statements like "our concept is low risk". The TRL scheme has been used by NASA and is codified in the military acquisition document DoD 5000.2R, Appendix 6. It is common practice these days to include a listing of the technologies proposed for a new project, with the presumed TRL for each.

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updated 11-07
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