FIGURE 2.3 Investments made by the Earth Science Technology Office in technologies for decadal survey missions. Investments are divided into four categories: instrument technology investments, component technology investments, information systems investments-direct applicability, and information systems investments-secondary applicability. Component and information systems investments may apply to more than one mission. Each box represents a single investment or test. SOURCE: NASA Earth Science Technology Office.
The committee’s overall assessment is as follows:
Finding: NASA has maintained a healthy investment in R&A activities and has protected the budgets of both mission-specific and non-mission-specific R&A programs against possible reallocation to cover cost growth in mission hardware.