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United States Civil Space Policy: Summary of a Workshop B Workshop Agenda NOVEMBER 29, 2007 1:30 p.m. Welcome, Introductions, Workshop Objectives R. Colladay and L. Fisk 2:00 Situational Assessment Moderator: T. Young; Panelists: B. Alexander, F. Harrison, J. Zimmerman Key Changes and Developments Since 2003, such as the following: Confronting a fundamental lack of financial robustness in the overall civil space program, Progress to date and challenges ahead for the Vision for Space Exploration, Emergence of China as a space contender as other international players also continue to become more independent and competitive, NPOESS and GOES-R program crises in U.S. Earth observations program, Evolution in public and political views about climate change, and Budgetary and political developments and their impact on the current environment. 3:15 Break 3:30 National and International Context for Space Moderator: C. Bennett; Panelists: G. Gugliotta, J. Johnson-Freese, R. Launius Are the expectations of space program advocates out of step with reality with regard to NASA’s position in the national agenda? Where does NASA sit in the larger national and international context? How important are civil space activities to broad national goals to promote national security, societal and cultural benefits, scientific and technological advancement, commercial competitiveness and economic benefits, and international relations? What are the relationships between U.S. national space goals and those of other countries, and where are there current and future opportunities for cooperation and synergism? How important are the stated intentions of China and Russia for exploitation of the Moon to U.S. space exploration? 6:00 Reception and Dinner NOTE: See Appendix C, “Workshop Participants,” for the full name and affiliation of each moderator and panelist.
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United States Civil Space Policy: Summary of a Workshop NOVEMBER 30, 2007 8:30 a.m. Sustainability Issues and Options for Solutions: Affordability, Public Interest, and Political Will Moderator: J. Pawelczyk; Panelists: P. Carliner, G. Paulikas, R. Truly, G. Whitesides How can expansive expectations for the total content of the civil space program be reconciled with realistic expectations for total program resources? What is required to ensure that national goals for human space exploration are sustainable? Are there proven strategies for ensuring sustainability for large federal programs? 10:15 Break 10:30 Balance Issues and Options for Solutions Moderator: C. Bolden; Panelists: T. Jernigan, C. Kennel, L. Garver How should decision makers assess an appropriate balance between NASA’s programs in human spaceflight vs. science vs. aeronautics? Is “balance” the same as “investment portfolio mix”? What are appropriate criteria or metrics for achieving “balance”? Roles of NASA vs. roles of others What are the appropriate roles of NASA vis-à-vis other government agencies? What are the appropriate roles of the federal government vis-à-vis the private sector? 12:15 p.m. Lunch 1:30 Civil Government Missions in Earth Observations Moderator: J. Fellows; Panelists: J. Loschnigg, B. Moore, S. Sorooshian What should be NASA’s role in helping the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) acquire the data needed to assess global climate change? What are the appropriate roles and responsibilities of NASA, NOAA, and other agencies in Earth observations from space? 2:15 Capabilities and Infrastructure Moderator: R. Colladay; Panelists: J. Klineberg, T. Zurbuchen, I. Pryke Are there critical unmet needs or anticipated gaps that should be addressed to give the U.S. the capability to achieve its civil space goals, and what strategies are needed to meet expected long-term needs? U.S. space industrial base, NASA centers, and academia Access to space Technology development 3:15 Break 3:30 Synthesis and Wrap-up: Summary Comments by All Participants Moderator: R. Colladay