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Annex 1:   Technology Readiness Levels

Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) are a technology management tool that provides a measurement to assess the maturity of evolving technology. The Ministry of Defence defines these levels as:[221]
TRL 1Basic principles observed and reported.
TRL 2Technology concept and/or application formulated.
TRL 3Analytical and experimental critical function and/or characteristic proof-of-concept.
TRL 4Technology basic validation in a laboratory environment.
TRL 5Technology basic validation in a relevant environment.
TRL 6Technology model or prototype demonstration in a relevant environment.
TRL 7Technology prototype demonstration in an operational environment.
TRL 8Actual Technology completed and qualified through test and demonstration.
TRL 9Actual Technology qualified through successful mission operations.

221   "Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs) in the Project Lifecycle", Ministry of Defence website, Back

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