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An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps (2011)

Chapter: Appendix B: Workshops and Public Input

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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshops and Public Input." National Research Council. 2011. An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13228.
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Workshops and Public Input

WORKSHOPS

Each technology roadmap was the subject of a public workshop at which the technology panels engaged with invited speakers, guests, and members of the public in a dialogue on the technology areas and their value to NASA. As shown in the workshop schedule below, most panels held a series of workshops on consecutive days in the same location. More detailed information on each workshop, including a complete agenda and copies of many presentations, can be viewed at http://sites.nationalacademies.org/DEPS/ASEB/DEPS_060733.

Panel 1: Propulsion and Power

Workshops at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California:

TA03 Space Power and Energy Storage Systems March 21, 2011
TA02 In-Space Propulsion Technologies March 22, 2011
TA01 Launch Propulsion Systems March 23, 2011
TA13 Ground and Launch Systems Processing March 24, 2011

Panel 2: Robotics, Communications, and Navigation

Workshops at the Keck Center of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.:

TA05 Communication and Navigation Systems March 29, 2011
TA04 Robotics, TeleRobotics, and Autonomous Systems March 30, 2011

Panel 3: Instruments and Computing

Workshop at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, Irvine, California:

TA08 Scientific Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems March 29, 2011

Workshop at the Keck Center of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.:

TA011 Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology, and Data Processing May 10, 2011

Panel 4: Human Health and Surface Exploration

Workshops at the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, Texas:

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshops and Public Input." National Research Council. 2011. An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13228.
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TA06 Human Health, Life Support, and Habitation Systems April 26, 2011
TA07 Human Exploration Destination Systems April 27, 2011

Panel 5: Materials

Workshops at the Keck Center of the National Academies, Washington, D.C.:

TA10 Nanotechnology March 9, 2011
TA12 Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems, and Manufacturing March 10, 2011
TA14 Thermal Management Systems March 11, 2011

Panel 6: Entry, Descent, and Landing

Workshop at the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center, Irvine, California:

TA09 Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems March 23-24, 2011

PUBLIC INPUT

Community input was solicited from a public website where 144 individuals completed 244 public input forms on the technologies that appear in the draft roadmaps. This input used the criteria that the steering committee established (such as benefit, risk and reasonableness, and alignment with NASA and national goals).1 The individuals providing this input included 91 personnel from NASA (including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), 6 from other government organizations, 26 from industry, 16 from academia, and 5 from other organizations or no organization at all. The data included in the public input forms can be found at http://www8.nationalacademies.org/asebsurvey/tabs/publicview.aspx.

In addition, 87 sets of general comments were received via e-mail from 7 individuals who completed the public input forms noted above and from 68 individuals who did not. These individuals included 47 personnel from NASA (including the Jet Propulsion Laboratory), 1 from another government agency, 7 from industry, 4 from academia, 5 from other organizations, and 11 whose organization is not known.

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1 More information on the evaluation criteria, ranking process, and scores for each technology will appear in the final report.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshops and Public Input." National Research Council. 2011. An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13228.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix B: Workshops and Public Input." National Research Council. 2011. An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/13228.
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For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to achieve many of its space science and exploration goals over the next several decades, dramatic advances in space technology will be necessary. NASA has developed a set of 14 draft roadmaps to guide the development of such technologies under the leadership of the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). Each roadmap focuses on a particular technology area.

OCT requested that the National Research Council conduct a study to review the draft roadmaps, gather and assess relevant community input, and make recommendations and suggest priorities to inform NASA's decisions as it finalizes its roadmaps. The success of OCT's technology development program is essential, because technological breakthroughs have long been the foundation of NASA's successes, from its earliest days, to the Apollo program, to a vast array of space science missions and the International Space Station.

An Interim Report of NASA's Technology Roadmap identifies some gaps in the technologies included in the individual roadmaps. The report suggests that the effectiveness of the NASA space technology program can be enhanced by employing proven management practices and principles including increasing program stability, addressing facility issues, and supporting adequate flight tests of new technologies. This interim report provides several additional observations that will be expanded on in the final report to be released in 2012.

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