The intense efforts aim to accelerate scientific and technological breakthroughs.
Regularizing outer space includes making the space transportation systems affordable, along with travel in space as safe and reliable as present day airline systems.
"Systems should be developed and provided affordably, and require sustainability in extreme environments and for remote locations." The topic of air revitalization is also important for long-term space missions that must recycle their limited air and water.
By increasing the recovery of oxygen from carbon dioxide, there could be a 75 percent oxygen recovery rate by 2014, experts said.
This is the first NASA technology roadmap meeting in which the agency has reached out to the public for ideas.