A Constrained Space Exploration Technology Program: A Review by Committee to Review NASA 's Exploration Technology PDF

By Committee to Review NASA 's Exploration Technology Development Program, National Research Council

ISBN-10: 0309125839

ISBN-13: 9780309125833

ISBN-10: 0309125847

ISBN-13: 9780309125840

In January 2004, President George W. Bush introduced the imaginative and prescient for area Exploration (VSE), which recommended NASA to 'Extend human presence around the sunlight procedure, beginning with a human go back to the Moon through the yr 2020, in training for human exploration of Mars and different destinations,' between different pursuits. As said within the VSE, major expertise improvement can be essential to accomplish the pursuits it articulates.NASA's Exploration expertise improvement application (ETDP) is designed to help, improve, and eventually give you the important applied sciences to fulfill the ambitions of the VSE. This ebook, a evaluation of the ETDP, is commonly supportive of the cause and pursuits of the VSE, and reveals the ETDP is making development in the direction of the acknowledged targets of know-how improvement. even if, the ETDP is working inside of major constraints which restrict its skill to effectively accomplish these ambitions - the nonetheless dynamic nature of the Constellation application specifications, the limitations imposed via a restricted funds, the competitive time scale of early know-how deliverables, and the will to totally hire the NASA crew.

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The lack of interaction with industry has resulted in situations in which NASA work has not yet reached the TRL level of similar projects in industry that are currently at TRLs of 6 or 7. An example of industry capability is Al-Li structures and welding. In addition, industry has demonstrated large friction stir weld-spun domes that are very close to the Ares I requirements. The alloy Ti Al Beta 21 S is currently being used by industry and is not being considered by NASA in the VSE program. The project group itself identified some existing manufacturing techniques not being used by NASA owing to licensing issues rather than technology development issues.

Ratings Quality: Green Flag The work of the PCAD project seems to be well coordinated among the primary customers, namely, the Lunar Lander Projects Office and the Orion Crew Module Project Office, the NASA technology development teams from the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC), the NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), and the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC), and the contractors. The existing test facilities seem to be sufficient for this project. For the descent engine, the team is pursuing a LOX/LH2 engine based on the RL-10 and is working with Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne to develop the new engine.

03 LUNAR DUST MITIGATION Objective Dust was an issue for the Apollo astronauts, and it continues to be an issue for the Mars Exploration Rovers (MERs). , for its obscuring of landing sites, causing equipment to overheat, and covering solar arrays). ” Status The Lunar Dust Mitigation project has clearly defined requirements that have been delineated into well-stated project plans to bring the TRL to 5. The development objectives of each of these plans were understood by the team members as clearly stated deliverables.

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