TABLE N.1 Technology Area Breakdown Structure for TA11, Modeling, Simulation, and Information Technology and Processing

NASA Draft Roadmap (Revision 10) Steering Committee-Recommended Changes
TA11 Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology, and Processing One technology has been split into two parts.

11.1.   Computing


11.1.1.   Flight Computing


11.1.2.   Ground Computing


11.2.   Modeling


11.2.1.  Software Modeling and Model-Checking


11.2.2.  Integrated Hardware and Software Modeling


11.2.3.  Human-System Performance Modeling


11.2.4.  Science and Engineering Modeling

Split 11.2.4 to create two separate technologies:

11.2.4a Science Modeling and Simulation


11.2.4b Aerospace Engineering Modeling and Simulation

11.2.5.  Frameworks, Languages, Tools, and Standards


11.3.   Simulation


11.3.1.  Distributed Simulation


11.3.2.  Integrated System Life Cycle Simulation


11.3.3.  Simulation-Based Systems Engineering


11.3.4.  Simulation-Based Training and Decision Support Systems


11.4.   Information Processing


11.4.1.  Science, Engineering, and Mission Data Life Cycle


11.4.2.  Intelligent Data Understanding


11.4.3.  Semantic Technologies


11.4.4.  Collaborative Science and Engineering


11.4.5.  Advanced Mission Systems


Before prioritizing the level 3 technologies included in TA11, one technology was split into two parts. The changes are explained below and illustrated in Table N.1. The complete, revised technology area breakdown structure (TABS) for all 14 Tas is shown in Appendix B.

Technology 11.2.4, Science & Engineering Modeling (which is actually titled Science and Aerospace Engineering Modeling in the text of the TA11 roadmap), was considered to be too broad. It has been split in two:

•   11.2.4a, Science Modeling and Simulation, and

•   11.2.4b, Aerospace Engineering Modeling and Simulation.

The content of these two technologies is as described in the TA11 roadmap under Section 11.2.4 Science and Aerospace Engineering Modeling, in the subsections titled Science Modeling and Aerospace Engineering, respectively.


The panel identified four top technical challenges for TA11, listed below in priority order.

1. Flight-capable devices and software. Develop advanced flight-capable (e.g., low-power, high-performance, radiation-hard, fault-tolerant) devices and system software for flight computing (e.g., for real-time, autonomous hazard avoidance in landing on planetary surfaces; adaptive telescope mirror technology; smart rovers; and autonomous rendezvous).

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