the ECT program both transition technology successfully. For AMD, an enduring, well-defined process exists that allows a natural transition through mid-TRL instrument development programs such as the Planetary Instrument Definition and Development Program (PIDDP) and the Instrument Incubator Program (IIP). Recent examples include the microshutter array that is now baselined for the future James Webb telescope and the microthermopile array for the Mars Climate Sounder instrument on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Cost-sharing of transitional research is a goal of the ECT program and is used quite frequently. This should be continued and expanded beyond ECT.
These are some of the top-level observations and recommendations based on the committee’s review of NASA’s PRT program. These highlights, summarized in our meeting with you on November 8, 2002, are offered here as interim documentation of that oral feedback. As mentioned above, a detailed report will be issued late in 2003 by the NRC.
Raymond S. Colladay,
Committee for the Review of NASA’s Pioneering Revolutionary Technology (PRT) Program