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Improving NASA's Technology for Space Science (Appendix A) Improving NASA's Technology for Space Science Appendix A Study Origin and Statement of Task In early 1990, members of the Space Studies Board (SSB) and Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board (ASEB) recognized a need for the space science and space engineering communities to interact and exchange views. The SSB and ASEB were encouraged by NASA Associate Administrators Lennard Fisk of the Office of Space Science and Applications (OSSA) and Arnold Aldrich of the Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology (OAST), who wrote to the chairmen of the SSB and ASEB requesting that the boards "explore the formation of a joint committee on technology for space science and applications." The Associate Administrators noted that they "would be pleased to see closer working arrangements between the SSB and ASEB, particularly in the areas of identifying, evaluating, and recommending critical technology developments needed for the realization of our national goals for space science and applications." REPORT MENU The two boards formed a Joint Committee on Technology for Space NOTICE Science and Applications that began to investigate ways in which the boards MEMBERSHIP could combine their areas of expertise to provide a new service to NASA. They PREFACE decided that a series of studies on topics of concern to both the space science EXECUTIVE SUMMARY and space engineering communities would be a valuable way of opening the CHAPTER 1 dialogue between the two groups. CHAPTER 2 CHAPTER 3 In December 1991, OSSA and OAST suggested that the Joint Committee CHAPTER 4 consider reviewing NASA's plans for developing new technologies in support of ACRONYMS future space science and applications programs as described in OAST's BIOGRAPHIES Integrated Technology Plan. In accordance with the statement of task in BIBLIOGRAPHY Appendix A, the ASEB/SSB Joint Committee assembled a broadly representative APPENDIX A APPENDIX B group, named the Committee on Space Science Technology Planning, that was APPENDIX C comprised of 26 engineers and scientists (including the seven members of APPENDIX D ASEB/SSB Joint Committee) to conduct the review. The statement of task at the APPENDIX E initiation of the study follows. STATEMENT OF TASK file:///C|/SSB_old_web/nasatechappenda.htm (1 of 3) [6/18/2004 11:40:10 AM]
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Improving NASA's Technology for Space Science (Appendix A) The NASA Office of Space Science and Applications (OSSA) and Office of Aeronautics and Space Technology (OAST) both develop technology for future space science and applications missions. OSSA's technology development efforts are undertaken by its six science divisions which manage specific technology- dependent programs and focus their development efforts primarily on requirements for relatively near-term missions. As part of its strategic planning, OSSA has developed a "Technology Needs Matrix" containing several dozen technological areas or devices that it considers crucial. OAST, on the other hand, has the responsibility to assist OSSA and the other NASA offices with technology requirements that could enable or enhance future missions and has recently completed an "Integrated Technology Plan" (ITP). The committee will examine the processes by which the OSSA Technology Needs Matrix and the OSSA- derived portion of ITP were developed in order to identify means of optimizing the future development of technology for space science and applications. The centerpiece of this study will be a 4- to 5-day workshop. During the workshop the committee will specifically: 1. Review the NASA-supplied background information on each of the elements in the OSSA Technology Needs Matrix. 2. Review and critique the NASA decision rules and criteria used in developing the matrix and OAST's response. 3. Critique the technological objectives and the Technology Needs Matrix elements, identifying gaps when possible. 4. Evaluate the compilation process and the ranking as derived from the rules. 5. Suggest any necessary modifications to the rules. Additional topics which may be included in the Joint Committee's report may include: 1. An evaluation of OSSA's and the U.S. space science and application community's stated long-term technology needs. 2. Identification of those development projects that OSSA itself anticipates undertaking, those appropriate for OAST, and those that might be undertaken jointly. file:///C|/SSB_old_web/nasatechappenda.htm (2 of 3) [6/18/2004 11:40:10 AM]
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Improving NASA's Technology for Space Science (Appendix A) 3. Suggestions regarding mechanisms to improve coordination and transfer of knowledge and technology between OSSA and OAST. The Committee will prepare a report to the NASA Associate Administrators of OAST and OSSA. The report will be subject to National Research Council report review procedures before release. Last update 7/11/00 at 11:27 am Site managed by Anne Simmons, Space Studies Board The National Academies Current Projects Publications Directories Search Site Map Feedback file:///C|/SSB_old_web/nasatechappenda.htm (3 of 3) [6/18/2004 11:40:10 AM]