fied several flight demonstration milestones in order to test technologies and concepts in the near-term and mid-term in preparation for transferring the technologies to industry for final full-scale development and implementation. A more specific treatment of these flight demonstrations and key program milestones can be found in Section 2–1.

NASA has chosen to break its research into 12 areas for funding:

  1. Systems integration, analysis, and management

  2. Solar power generation

  3. Wireless power transmission

  4. Space power management and distribution

  5. Structural concepts, materials, and controls

  6. Thermal management and materials

  7. Space assembly, inspection, and maintenance

  8. Platform systems

  9. Ground power systems (GPS)

  10. Space transportation (Earth-to-orbit and in-space)

  11. Environmental, health, and safety

  12. Economic analysis

Each area (with the exception of economic analysis) has been allocated a portion of the earmarked government funding provided to the SERT program for technology roadmap development and prioritization and was charged with (1) developing a set of cost and technology goals, (2) compiling a list of important technology challenges, (3) developing potential applications of technology advancements, (4) developing a breakdown of the specific work necessary for advancement, and (5) developing a schedule of technology milestones that parallel the milestones of the total program. An example of these roadmaps and goals for the solar power generation portion of the program can be found in Appendix C. The program has identified an investment portfolio for a future SSP program with planned resource allocation through 2016 (see Table D-l). This allocation will be affected by choices made by NASA and the President’s Office of Management and Budget in space solar power. Technology flight demonstrations (referred to by NASA as MSCs) are scheduled in FY 2006–2007, FY 2011–2012, and FY 2016.

The SERT program has several levels of organization stemming from management at the NASA Office of Space Flight. A schematic of this organizational structure, which incorporates many NASA field centers as well as industry and academia, is shown in Chapter 3, Figure 3-1. The program has created several levels of oversight through its Senior Management Oversight Committee and various technical and systems working groups. The program has also obtained various external evaluations from groups such as the National Research Council; Resources for the Future, an economic research group; and professional technical societies such as the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. External comment has also been provided through involvement in various international organizations and symposiums such as the International Forum on Space Solar Power.

REFERENCES

Dickinson, Richard. 2000. “Wireless Power Transmission.” Briefing by Richard Dickinson, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, to the Committee for the Assessment of NASA’s Space Solar Power Investment Strategy, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., September 13.


Mankins, John and Joe Howell. 2000. “Strategic Research and Technology Roadmap.” Briefing by John Mankins and Joe Howell, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, to the Committee for the Assessment of NASA’s Space Solar Power Investment Strategy, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., December 14.


Nansen, Ralph. 2000. “The Space Solar Power Solution: An Industry/Government Partnership.” Briefing by Ralph Nansen, Solar Space Industries, to the Committee for the Assessment of NASA’s Space Solar Power Investment Strategy, National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C., October 23.



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