Exploration: March 2005 Archives

NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) #13 Chairman's Report

"Concerns were voiced regarding the apparent absence of scientific oversight of the Mars program. While there are no specific complaints or major concerns about the program, it is seen as a problem that there is no independent oversight of the Mars program along the lines that the SSES provides for the broader solar-system program."

"In addition to strengthening ties between the Mars program and the rest of solar-system exploration, there would be real value in strengthening ties between the robotic and human programs. At present, there is confusion about the relationship between the Science Mission Directorate and the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and where Mars fits into this relationship given the compelling interests of each."

Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) Meeting

"Who should attend? Participation is open to all scientists/engineers involved in Mars exploration, including international colleagues. Since this is a 'working' meeting, it is not open to members of the press, however, if there is interest we can make people available for interviews afterwards."

Editor's note: Curiously, they have a presentation on the agenda titled "Mars Outreach" yet they don't want the media there. I guess taxpayers aren't welcome either.

NASA Mars Exploration Program Analysis Group (MEPAG) #13 Chairman's Report

"According to our attendance records, 166 people attended the meeting, including scientists and representatives from many of NASA's field centers, from NASA HQ, from major research universities, from the aerospace industry, and from private research organizations around the country."

Editor's note: Everyone was indeed welcome - except the media and the general public.

NASA Announces First Centennial Challenges Prizes

"NASA and its partner, the Spaceward Foundation, today announced prizes totaling $400,000 for four prize competitions, the first under the agency's Centennial Challenges program. The first two competitions will focus on the development of lightweight yet strong tether materials (Tether Challenge) and wireless power transmission technologies (Beam Power Challenge)."

GAO Report: NASA'S SPACE VISION: Business Case for Prometheus 1 Needed to Ensure Requirements Match Available Resources

"NASA's current policy does not require projects to develop knowledge-based business cases that match requirements to available resources and include controls to ensure that sufficient knowledge has been attained. Therefore, the agency had not planned to develop such a business case for Prometheus 1."

NASA Announces First Two Centennial Challenges

"The first two Centennial Challenges competitions will be released by NASA and its partner, the Spaceward Foundation, on Wednesday, March 23 at 7:45 p.m. EST at Flight School '05, Fairmont Scottsdale Princess Hotel, Scottsdale, Ariz."

10 March 2004: Statement By Michael D. Griffin - House Science Committee Hearing: "Perspectives on the President's Vision for Space Exploration"

"With regard to the moon, I believe the experience to be gained by living on and exploring another planetary surface only a few days away from home will be invaluable to the successful conduct of a future Mars expedition. Certainly such experience is not essential; one can readily envision a Mars expedition architecture which does not employ any further lunar experience as a stepping stone. But because it can be envisioned does not make it wise. I personally consider it an act of technological hubris to proceed directly to Mars, with no human experience beyond Earth orbit having been incurred since 1972. It can be done, and it will be cheaper, but the risk to both the mission goals and to human life will be significantly higher."

7 April 2004: Testimony of Michael Griffin, Senate Science, Technology, and Space Hearing: Near Earth Objects

6 October 2003: Prepared Statement of Dr. Michael D. Griffin: "The Future of Human Space Flight"

8 May 2003: Testimony of Michael D. Griffin Hearing on the NASA Orbital Space Plane Program

27 October 1999: Testimony of Michael Griffin before the Subcommittee on Space and Aeronautics, House Committee on Science

NASA Notice of Exploration Mission Docking Systems Forum

"NASA's Advanced Docking Berthing System (ADBS) Project within the Exploration Systems Research and Technology, Technology Maturation Program, in the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is issuing a notice for a technical interchange meeting (TIM) to be held in the mid-April 2005 time frame."

NASA Exploration Systems Directorate Industry Day

"You are notified that the following changes are made: The focus areas for the Industry Day have been revised to provide industry with information on the following two subjects: 1. Overview of the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Request for Proposal (RFP); and 2. Overview of the draft Systems Engineering & Integration (SE&I) Request forProposal (RFP)."


NASA Issues Solicitation for Crew Exploration Vehicle

"NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate today issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV). The CEV is the spacecraft that will carry astronauts beyond low-Earth orbit and to the moon by 2020. The contract to build the CEV is a full and open competition. The anticipated period of performance is September, 2005 through December, 2008. The CEV acquisition will use a phased approach that anticipates a maximum of two contractors. The CEV proposals are due no later than 2 p.m. EST, May 2, 2005. A selection will be made in September, 2005."



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