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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities Revisited. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23582.
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Statement of Task

The NRC will appoint an ad hoc committee to evaluate the most recent drafts of 14 technology roadmaps that NASA has revised and updated. The scope of the technologies to be considered includes those that enable NASA’s human exploration and science missions.

With regard to assessing the revised roadmaps, the committee will in its report:

  • Compare the list of technologies in the 2015 draft of NASA’s space technology roadmaps to the list of technologies in the revised technology area breakdown structure that appears in the 2012 National Research Council report, NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities: Restoring NASA’s Technological Edge and Paving the Way for a New Era in Space.
  • Identify the technologies that appear in the 2015 roadmaps that do not appear in the 2012 report and assess these new technologies using the same prioritization criteria that were used to prioritize the technologies listed in the 2012 report.
  • Determine which of the new technologies should be added to (1) the list of 83 high-priority technologies presented in the 2012 report and (2) the list of 16 highest-priority technologies that also appear in the 2012 report.

In addition the committee will recommend a methodology for conducting independent reviews of future updates to NASA’s space technology roadmaps, which are expected to occur every four years. The recommended methodology should take into account the extent of the changes expected to be implemented in the roadmaps from one generation to the next and the amount of time since the initial comprehensive independent review of the roadmaps, which took place during the study that led to the 2012 NRC report.

The scope of this study does not include assessing or recommending changes to the content of the new aeronautics technology roadmap, nor does it include reassessing the prioritization of the technologies that appear in the NRC’s 2012 roadmaps report.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2016. NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities Revisited. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/23582.
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Historically, the United States has been a world leader in aerospace endeavors in both the government and commercial sectors. A key factor in aerospace leadership is continuous development of advanced technology, which is critical to U.S. ambitions in space, including a human mission to Mars. To continue to achieve progress, NASA is currently executing a series of aeronautics and space technology programs using a roadmapping process to identify technology needs and improve the management of its technology development portfolio.

NASA created a set of 14 draft technology roadmaps in 2010 to guide the development of space technologies. In 2015, NASA issued a revised set of roadmaps. A significant new aspect of the update has been the effort to assess the relevance of the technologies by listing the enabling and enhancing technologies for specific design reference missions (DRMs) from the Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate and the Science Mission Directorate. NASA Space Technology Roadmaps and Priorities Revisited prioritizes new technologies in the 2015 roadmaps and recommends a methodology for conducting independent reviews of future updates to NASA’s space technology roadmaps, which are expected to occur every 4 years.

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