NASA’s Human Exploration and Development of Space (HEDS) program within the Office of Space Flight has proposed a new framework for space technology and systems development—Advanced Systems, Technology, Research, and Analysis (ASTRA) for future space flight capabilities. To assist in the development of this framework, NASA asked the National Research Council to convene a series of workshops on technology policy issues concerning the relationship of the various stakeholders in advancing human and robotic exploration and development of space. The first workshop, which is the topic of this report, focused on policy issues about the development and demonstration of space technologies. Four policy topics—selected by the project steering committee as the foci of this first workshop—are discussed in the report: the rationale for human and robotic space exploration; technology as a driver for capability transformation; risk mitigation and perception; and international cooperation and competition.
Table of Contents
|3 Rationale for Human and Robotic Space Exploration||10-17|
|4 NASA Exploration Systems and Architectures||18-27|
|5 Technology as a Driver for Capability Transformation||28-36|
|6 Risk Aversion -- Flying in the Face of Uncertainty||37-42|
|7 International Cooperation/Competition -- Why, How, When?||43-49|
|Appendix A: Statement of Task||50-52|
|Appendix B: Committee Member Biographies||53-55|
|Appendix C: Workshop Agenda||56-59|
|Appendix D: Workshop Attendees||60-61|
|Appendix E: Acronyms and Abbreviations||62-63|
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