1. Assess and describe best available estimates of the construction costs and lifetimes for each recommended research activity together with their full running costs (operations, science, and upgrades).

  2. Identify particular risks for each research activity that would adversely affect the projected cost, technical readiness, or schedule of the activity. Identify those factors that could change an activity’s priority and/or scope.

  3. Informed by (a) the recommendations of the science frontier panels and (b) the panel’s own research activity assessments, recommend a prioritized, balanced, and integrated research program which includes a rank ordering of research activities and a balanced technology development program. A preliminary recommended program will be used to identify activities that will be subject to an independent technical evaluation and cost estimate. The panel’s final recommendation to the Survey Committee will include consideration of the results of the independent technical evaluation and cost estimate.

In completing this task, each PPP will provide the Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 Committee’s Subcommittee on Programs with an interim internal and confidential summary report of its recommended program in the Fall of 2009 and complete its panel report thereafter. The panel reports will be published following the release of the survey committee’s report in 2010.


The Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 Program Prioritization Panel on Radio, Millimeter, and Submillimeter (RMS) Astronomy from the Ground will identify and recommend a prioritized program of federal investment in ground-based research activities that primarily operate in the radio, millimeter, and submillimeter portions of the electromagnetic spectrum. In formulating its conclusions, the RMS panel will draw on several sources of information: (1) the science forefronts identified by the Astro2010 science frontiers panels, (2) input from the proponents of research activities, and (3) independent cost and technical readiness assessments. The RMS panel’s recommendations will be integrated into a program for all of astronomy and astrophysics by the Astro2010.

In particular, the Astronomy and Astrophysics 2010 Program Prioritization Panel on Radio, Millimeter, and Submillimeter (RMS) Astronomy from the Ground will:

  1. Report on the status of existing RMS research activities to set the context for future research activities, incorporating findings of the Study Groups.

  2. Preview and compare proposed RMS research activities including those car-

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