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Public Workshops to be Conducted by the National Research Council to Examine Drafts of NASA Technology Roadmaps


NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT) has drafted a set of 14 Space Technology Area Roadmaps (STARS) as an initial point of departure for mapping NASA's future investments in technology. Each of the roadmaps can be downloaded from NASA.

The Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council (NRC) has appointed a steering committee and six panels to solicit external inputs to and evaluate each of the roadmaps. The study committee will also prioritize the technologies in the roadmaps and consider if additional technologies should be included. The scope of the technologies to be considered includes those that address the needs of NASA’s exploration systems, Earth and space science, and space operations mission areas, as well as those that contribute to critical national and commercial needs in space technology. (This study will not consider aeronautics technologies except to the extent that they are needed to achieve NASA and national needs in space; guidance on the development of core aeronautics technologies is already available in the National Aeronautics Research and Development Plan.)

Each of the 14 roadmaps will be discussed during a public workshop held by one of the study panels during March and April, 2011, as follows:

Panel 1: Propulsion and Power Panel

Workshop Details:
Dates for public sessions: March 21-24
Location:Caltech, Guggenheim Building, Room 101  Pasadena, CA 
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Roadmaps covered by this workshop:
• TA03 Space Power and Energy Storage Systems (March 21)
• TA02 In-Space Propulsion Systems (March 22)
• TA01 Launch Propulsion Systems (March 23)
• TA13 Ground and Launch Systems Processing (March 24)
For additional information please click on Workshop Details. If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Dionna Williams (dwilliams@nas.edu) at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

Panel 2: Robotics, Communications, and Navigation Panel

Workshop Details:
Dates of sessions open to the public: March 29-30
Location: Keck Center 500 5th Street N.W. Washington, D.C.
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Roadmaps covered by this workshop:
• TA05 Communication and Navigation Systems (March 29)
• TA04 Robotics, Tele-Robotics, and Autonomous Systems (March 30)
For additional information please click on Workshop Details. If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Rod Howard (rhoward@nas.edu) at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

Panel 3: Instruments and Computing Panel

Workshop Details:
Dates of sessions open to the public: March 29-30 and May 10
This workshop will address Instruments only. Computing will be adressed at a separate workshop in the spring.(date TBD)
Location: Beckman Center of the National Research Council, Irvine, CA
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Roadmaps covered by this workshop:
• TA08 Scientific Instruments, Observatories, and Sensor Systems (March 29)
• TA011 Modeling, Simulation, Information Technology, and Data Processing (March 30)
For additional information please click on Workshop Details. If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Joe Alexander (jalexander@nas.edu) at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

Panel 4: Human Health and Surface Exploration Panel

Workshop Details:
Dates of sessions open to the public: April 26-28, 2011
Location: Houston, TX
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Roadmaps covered by this workshop:
• TA06 Human Health, Life Support and Habitation Systems (April 26)
• TA07 Human Exploration Destination Systems (April 27)
For additional information please click on Workshop Details. If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Ian Pryke (ipryke@nas.edu) at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

Panel 5: Materials Panel

Workshop Details:
Dates of sessions open to the public: March 9-11
Location: The Keck Center, 500 5th st NW Washington, D.C.
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Roadmaps covered by this workshop:
• TA10 Nanotechnology (March 9)
• TA12 Materials, Structural and Mechanical Systems, and Manufacturing (March 10)
• TA14 Thermal Management Systems (March 11)
For additional information please click on Workshop Details. If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact Rod Howard (rhoward@nas.edu) at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

Panel 6: Entry, Descent, and Landing Panel

Workshop Details:
Dates of sessions open to the public: March 23-24
Location: Beckman Center of the National Research Council, Irvine, CA
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Roadmap covered by this workshop:
• TA09 Entry, Descent, and Landing Systems (March 23 and 24)
For additional information please click on Workshop Details. If you wish to attend this workshop, please contact John Wendt (jwendt@nas.edu) at least 10 days prior to the workshop.

Staff Information 

Steering Committee Staff
Alan Angleman, Lead Study Director
Dionna Williams, Program Associate
 

Panel 4: Human Health and Surface Exploration Panel Staff
Ian Pryke, Study Director
Linda Walker, Senior Program Assistant

Panel 1: Propulsion and Power Panel Staff
Alan Angleman, Study Director
Dionna Williams, Program Associate
 

Panel 5: Materials Panel Staff
Robert (Roc) Riemer, Study Director
Maureen Mellody, Program Officer
Rodney Howard, Senior Program Assistant
 

Panel 2: Robotics, Communications, and Navigation Panel Staff
Robert (Roc) Riemer, Study Director
Rodney Howard, Senior Program Assistant
 

Panel 6: Entry, Descent, and Landing Panel Staff
John Wendt, Study Director
Linda Walker, Senior Program Assistant

Panel 3: Instruments and Computing Panel Staff
Joe Alexander , Study Director
Terri Baker, Senior Program Assistant
 

 

For questions or comments send email to: roadmaps@nas.edu

 

Please note: If the presenter has given us permission to post their presentation slides then you may view them here. Any other presentations which were provided to the panel during open sessions are available through the NRC Public Access Records Office.