NASA space technology roadmaps and priorities : restoring NASA's technological edge and paving the way for a new era in space / Steering Committee for NASA Technology Roadmaps, Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council of the National Academies
- Corporate Author:
- National Research Council (U.S.). Steering Committee for NASA Technology Roadmaps
- Additional Titles:
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration space technology roadmaps and priorities
- Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, 
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- Physical Description:
- xviii, 103 pages ; 28 cm
- Machine generated contents note: 1.Introduction -- Technology Development Program Rationale and Scope -- Draft Technology Roadmaps -- Stakeholders: Research and Development Partners and End Users -- Organization of This Report -- References -- 2.Top Technical Challenges and High-Priority Technologies by Roadmap -- Technology Evaluation Process and Criteria -- Summary of Top Technical Challenges and High-Priority Technologies by Roadmap -- References -- 3.Integrated Ranking of Top Technical Challenges and High-Priority Technologies -- Technology Objectives -- Technical Challenges -- Highest-Priority Level 3 Technologies Across All Roadmaps -- References -- 4.Observations and General Themes -- Introduction -- Systems Analysis -- Foundational Technology Base and Development of Low-TRL Technology -- Cooperative Development of New Technologies -- Flight Testing and Demonstrations and Technology Transition -- Facilities -- Program Stability -- Commercial Space -- Crosscutting Technologies -- References -- APPENDIXES -- A.Statement of Task -- B.Revised Technology Area Breakdown Structure -- C.Acronyms -- D.TA01 Launch Propulsion Systems -- E.TA02 In-Space Propulsion Technologies -- F.TA03 Space Power and Energy Storage -- G.TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics, and Autonomous Systems -- H.TA05 Communication and Navigation -- I.TA06 Human Health, Life Support, and Habitation Systems -- J.TA07 Human Exploration Destination Systems -- K.TA08 Science Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems -- L.TA09 Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems -- M.TA10 Nanotechnology -- N.TA11 Modeling, Simulation, and Information Technology and Processing -- O.TA12 Materials, Structures, Mechanical Systems, and Manufacturing -- P.TA13 Ground and Launch Systems Processing -- Q.TA14 Thermal Management Systems.
- NASA's Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has begun to rebuild the advanced space technology program in the agency with plans laid out in 14 draft technology roadmaps. It has been years since NASA has had a vigorous, broad-based program in advanced space technology development and its technology base has been largely depleted. However, success in executing future NASA space missions will depend on advanced technology developments that should already be underway. Reaching out to involve the external technical community, the National Research Council (NRC) considered the 14 draft technology roadmaps prepared by OCT and ranked the top technical challenges and highest priority technologies that NASA should emphasize in the next 5 years. This report provides specific guidance and recommendations on how the effectiveness of the technology development program managed by OCT can be enhanced in the face of scarce resources.
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references.
- Other Forms:
- Also available in Open Book format via the National Academies Press home page.
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