The National Research Council (NRC) of the National Academies was asked by NASA and the Office of Management and Budget to perform an assessment of NASA's Aerospace Technology Enterprise. The first such review, which began in early 2002, examined Pioneering Revolutionary Technology (now known as Mission and Science Measurement Technology). The assessment presented here, of the Aeronautics Technology Programs, began in early 2003 and is the second in the review series.
The Aeronautics Technology Programs has three components: the Vehicle Systems Program, the Airspace Systems Program, and the Aviation Safety Program. To conduct this review, the NRC established three panels, one for each of the component programs. The NRC also established a parent committee, consisting of the chairman and a subset of members from each panel. The committee and panels comprised a cross-section of experts from industry, academia, and government and included senior-level managers and researchers in the aeronautics field. Biographical information on the committee and panel members is found in Appendix A.
Review of NASA's Aerospace Technology Enterprise: An Assessment of NASA's Aeronautics Technology Programs contains the committee's assessment of the Aeronautics Technology Programs. Chapter 1 presents a top-level assessment, and Chapters 2 through 4 provide the assessments of the Vehicle Systems Program, the Airspace Systems Program, and the Aviation Safety Program, respectively.
Table of Contents
|1 Top-Level Assessment||5-8|
|2 Assessment of the Vehicle Systems Program||9-42|
|3 Assessment of the Airspace Systems Program||43-70|
|4 Assessment of the Aviation Safety Program||71-104|
|Appendix A: Committee and Panel Member Biographies||105-115|
|Appendix B: Statement of Task||116-118|
|Appendix C: Committee and Panel Activities||119-120|
|Appendix D: National Research Council Questionnaire||121-122|
|Appendix E: List of Tasks in NASA's Aeronautics Technology Research Portfolio||123-128|
|Appendix F: Abbreviations and Acronyms||129-130|
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