Exploration: August 2005 Archives

An Advance Look at NASA Administrator Mike Griffin's AIAA Speech

"The Exploration Vision commits our nation to the exploration of the Solar System, beginning with a return of humans to the Moon by the end of the next decade, and from there to subsequent voyages to Mars. I'm here today to discuss something of how we plan to reach these goals."

Editor's note: Have a look at this FY 06 IRAD (Independent Research and Development Program) document developed internally at MSFC. MSFC is clearly trying to get itself at the head of the line when it comes to exploration technology. MFSC is also (clearly) trying to find work for people whose current tasks may be disappearing.

Comments? Send them to nasawatch@reston.com

Your comments thus far:

NASA Hubble Space Telescope Daily Report #3926

SIGNIFICANT EVENTS: The first visit to the moon to the Apollo 17 target was successful, providing good quality images in all bands. The observers are pleased with the results.

Editor's update (12 Aug): NASA has still not received approval from OMB with regard to the ESAS. As such, briefings by NASA may be delayed by a week or more. Stay tuned.

Editor's update (9 Aug): Senior NASA officials reportedly briefed OMB officials yesterday about the new exploration plan and are awaiting the green light (which they have yet to receive) from OMB to begin briefing Hill staffers, industry etc. Senior managers are in a budget meeting today at NASA HQ. At least one PAO representative (Dwayne Brown) began to tell reporters that there would be a formal announcement at NASA HQ on 22 August. He has since denied doing so.

NRC Space Studies Board Report: Review of Goals and Plans for NASA's Space and Earth Sciences

"The main sources of gaps and potential missed opportunities in some roadmaps are a shortage of scientific justification for their stated goals and an overly narrow interpretation of the presidential vision by the NASA roadmap teams."

Editor's note: With regard to "The Robotic and Human Exploration of Mars" roadmap, the SSB said: "The roadmap's strengths are its early recognition of broad scientific goals and consideration of preparations for human exploration, and strategies for growing the next generation of Mars scientists. Its major weakness is the lack of the broader scientific goals and objectives as motivation for the specific recommended mission elements of the roadmap, which focus on putting humans on Mars. The roadmap's presentation of the goal of placing humans on Mars appears without scientific justification." ... "Identification of the scientific need and value of humans in future Mars exploration is conspicuously absent from the roadmap"... "In general, real description of prioritized goals, observations and measurements within the broad science context has been sacrificed in order to address the human exploration goals."

CEV Phase II Solicitation

NASA JSC Presolicitation Notice: Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) Phase II Call for Improvements

"A progressive competition strategy will be used with down-selection of sources from the initial phase to determine the Phase II contractor. The competition for the Phase II will build on the results of the phase I, and the award criteria for the Phase II includes successful completion of the initial phase requirements identified below. Accordingly, NASA anticipates that only the Phase I contractors will be capable of successfully competing for the phase II."

Message from the Director Robotic Lunar Exploration Program at Ames

"I am very pleased to announce the Center's return to space flight program management through assigned responsibility for the Robotic Lunar Exploration Program (RLEP)."

Message from the Deputy Director - RLEP Mission 2 Competition

"To prevent the sharing of intellectual property or other "proprietary" information which could result in any Ames or external proposal team gaining an advantage in competition due to that information, we are implementing a firewall policy similar to those already implemented for the Crew Exploration Vehicle (CEV) and CEV Systems Engineering and Integration (SE&I) proposal teams."

Launcher Trade Studies

NASA's New Launch Systems May Include the Return of the Space Tug, SpaceRef (Part 2)

"NASA planners are finalizing the configuration for the next generation cargo heavy lift launch vehicles with announcement of its basic configuration due during the week of 15 August. An integral part of these studies includes upper stages and other hardware needed to move payloads once they are in space."

NASA's New CEV Launcher to Maximize Use of Space Shuttle Components ), SpaceRef (Part 1 - posted earlier this week)

"The decision on what new launch vehicles NASA plans to use is rapidly coming into focus. In some ways these launchers will be new - yet they will also look very familiar using hardware and concepts that have long and well-established flight histories. Internal NASA documents detailing the review, which was completed in late June, were obtained by the authors. A second, related study has reviewed heavy lift options using the same shuttle-derived elements."

Bush on Exploration

President Bush Comments on NASA, Shuttle Discovery, and Exploration

"I know the -- at least the people I've talked to inside NASA are excited about the mission, the reinvigoration of the vision of exploration. And I appreciate the Administrator working on getting that strategy in place, so that when the decision is made to finally get rid of this phase of exploration, we'll be ready to take on the new phase. And that's important for the American people to understand, that, one, exploration is important; two, there will be some good coming out of exploration; and, three, that we've got a new vision embraced by NASA and its pioneers."



Monthly Archives

About this Archive

This page is an archive of entries in the Exploration category from August 2005.

Exploration: July 2005 is the previous archive.

Exploration: September 2005 is the next archive.

Find recent content on the main index or look in the archives to find all content.