TABLE 6-1 NASA's Goals for Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technology and the Recommended Breakthrough Technology Categories

Breakthrough Technology Category

Reduced Emissions

Reduced Perceived Noise Levels

Reduced Aircraft Accident Rate

Triple Aviation System Throughput

Reduced Air Travel Costs

Increased Design Confidence and Reduced Cycle Time

Invigorated General Aviation Industry

Reduced Travel Time

Reduced Payload Cost to Low Earth Orbit

Cyber Technology

Modeling and simulation

M

M

H

H

M

H

M

M

M

Advanced, robust, real-time sensors and actuators

M

H

M

M

M

M

L

L

M

Automated manufacturing

L

L

L

L

M

M

H

M

M

Improved methods for developing flight-critical software

M

M

H

M

M

H

M

L

Human-computer integration

M

M

H

M

M

H

H

M

M

Structures and Materials

Lightweight structures

L

L

L

L

M

M

H

H

M

High-temperature materials

M

L

L

L

M

M

M

H

M

Propulsion Technology

Advanced air vehicle propulsion concepts

H

H

L

L

H

L

M

H

Advanced propellants for launch vehicles

H

Aerospace Vehicle Configurations

Advanced configurations

M

M

L

M

M

L

M

H

M

Precision Air Traffic Operations in Terminal Areas

Reduced runway occupancy time

L

L

M

H

M

M

L

Mitigation of wake vortices

L

L

M

H

M

M

L

V/STOL air vehicles

L

L

H

M

M

L

L = Low impact on achieving the goal; M = Moderate impact; H = High impact.



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