Technology Applications that Support Space Exploration

Edward Henderson, Mark Holderman
2011 47th AIAA/ASME/SAE/ASEE Joint Propulsion Conference & Exhibit   unpublished
Several enabling technologies have been identified that would provide significant benefits for future space exploration. In-Space demonstrations should be chosen so that these technologies will have a timely opportunity to improve efficiencies and reduce risks for future spaceflight. An early window exists to conduct ground and flight demonstrations that make use of existing assets that were developed for the Space Shuttle and the Constellation programs. The work could be mostly performed using
more » ... tly performed using residual program civil servants, existing facilities and current commercial launch capabilities. Partnering these abilities with the emerging commercial sector, along with other government agencies, academia and with international partners would provide an affordable and timely approach to get the launch costs down for these payloads, while increasing the derived benefits to a larger community.
doi:10.2514/6.2011-5570 fatcat:uiqepmlfzfh6zko4edqawhzoeu