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October 2011

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Examination of the U.S. Air Force's Aircraft Sustainment Needs in the Future and Its Strategy to Meet Those Needs
Examination of the U.S. Air Force's Aircraft Sustainment Needs in the Future and Its Strategy to Meet Those Needs

 

The ability of the United States Air Force (USAF) to keep its aircraft operating at an acceptable operational tempo, in wartime and in peacetime, has been important to the Air Force since its inception. This is a much larger issue for the Air Force today, having effectively been at war for 20 years, with its aircraft becoming increasingly more expensive to operate and maintain and with military budgets certain to decrease further.
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Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft
Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA's Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs

Derelict satellites, equipment and other debris orbiting Earth (aka space junk) have been accumulating over many decades and could damage or even possibly destroy satellites and human spacecraft if they collide.This report examines NASA's efforts to understand the meteoroid and orbital debris environment, what NASA is and is not doing to mitigate the risks posed by this threat and how they can improve their programs.
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The Role and Training of NASA Astronauts in the Post-Shuttle Era
The Role and Training of NASA Astronauts in the Post-Shuttle Era

 

As the NASA retires the Space Shuttle and shifts involvement in ISS operations, changes in the role and requirements of NASA's Astronaut Corps will take place. At the request of NASA, the NRC addressed three main questions about these changes:
What should be the role and size of Johnson Space Center's  Flight Crew Operations Directorate; what will be the requirements of astronaut training facilities; and is the Astronaut Corps' fleet of training aircraft a cost-effective means of preparing astronauts for NASA's spaceflight program? This report presents an assessment of several issues driven by these questions. This report does not address explicitly the future of human spaceflight.
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An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology

An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology: Fiscal Year 2011

Since 1959, the National Research Council (NRC), at the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has annually assembled panels of experts to assess the quality and effectiveness of the NIST measurements and standards laboratories. In 2011, the NRC evaluated three of the six NIST laboratories: the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Each of these was addressed individually by a separate panel of experts; this report assesses CNST.
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An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research

An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Center for Neutron Research: Fiscal Year 2011

Since 1959, the National Research Council (NRC), at the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has annually assembled panels of experts to assess the quality and effectiveness of the NIST measurements and standards laboratories. In 2011, the NRC evaluated three of the six NIST laboratories: the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Each of these was addressed individually by a separate panel of experts; this report assesses NCNR.  
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An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory

An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory: Fiscal Year 2011

Since 1959, the National Research Council (NRC), at the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has annually assembled panels of experts to assess the quality and effectiveness of the NIST measurements and standards laboratories. In 2011, the NRC evaluated three of the six NIST laboratories: the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology (CNST), the NIST Center for Neutron Research (NCNR) and the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL). Each of these was addressed individually by a separate panel of experts; this report assesses ITL.
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Upcoming Meetings

October 3-4
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Keck Center of the National Academies
Washington, DC
 
October 12-13
Board on Army Science and Technology
Irvine, CA
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October 14-15
Board on Physics and Astronomy
Provo, Utah
 

CSTB celebrates its 25 anniversary

CSTB panelDuring the Fall Meeting on September 13, CSTB celebrated its 25th anniversary with a panel discussion, "CSTB then, now, and in the future." Panelists reflected on topics such as the future of computing, computer architecture paving the information highway, how software got so big without collapsing and the ascendancy of social computing. (Photo Credit: Ben Shneiderman) Read more...

Two ASEB reports generate press on prominent space science issues

ASEB released two reports this September, which addressed the timely topics of orbital debris and the future of NASA's Astronaut Corps in the post-Space Shuttle era. Both reports were mentioned in several news outlets, with balanced coverage of Preparing for the High Frontier: The Role and Training of NASA Astronauts in the Post- Space Shuttle Era in The Washington Post (print: A-SECTION; Pg. A02) and of Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA's Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs in Space.com, ScienceInsider and Nature (blog).

ASEB hosts a roundtable to discuss NASA’s aeronautics research

ASEB meetingOn August 25, leaders in the aeronautics industry, academia and government met to discuss the future of aeronautics research and development; this was the first discussion in a series of roundtables established by ASEB at NASA’s request. The Aeronautics Research and Technology Roundtable is intended to facilitate candid dialogue among participants, foster greater partnership among the NASA-related aeronautics community and, where appropriate, carry awareness of consequences to the wider public. (Photo Credit: Dwayne Day) Photos of the event are available on the ARTR page.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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