Appendix A
Statement of Task

The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council will plan and host a series of workshops on technology policy issues related to the interrelationship between government, industry, and other stakeholders in advancing human and robotic space exploration and development. To accomplish this task the NRC will establish a steering committee of approximately six members to plan workshop agendas and solicit input from appropriate participants. The steering committee will have expertise and specific knowledge regarding space exploration and/or modes of interaction between the government and industry concerning technology development and demonstration. The series of workshops will be focused primarily on the development and demonstration of space technologies based on optimal modes of interaction between government agencies, industry, and other stakeholders.

One workshop will focus on policy issues concerning the development and demonstration of space technologies. The rationale, from the perspective of different stakeholders, for the long-term cultivation of advanced space systems will be a major topic to be discussed by senior level government and industry officials. A second workshop will focus on the interrelationship between government and industry in the development of advanced space systems. The discussion will center on the question: “What is the best mode of interaction between NASA, industry, and other stakeholders when developing and demonstrating advanced space systems?” Information and ideas obtained by NASA at the workshops will be used in future planning of programs and activities sponsored by the Office of Space Flight.

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