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This slide presentation (PDF) by Doug Cooke, AA ESMD (NASA), 2011-03-04, outlines the challenges and opportunities available today to and through NASA. This may be useful as we begin to build the next phase of the Integrated Space Plan online.
A New Path: The NASA Authorization Act of 2010
- Congress approved and the President signed the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 2010
- Bipartisan support for human exploration beyond Low Earth Orbit
- The law authorizes:
- Extension of the International Space Station until at least 2020
- Strong support for a commercial space transportation industry
- Development of a multi-purpose Crew Vehicle and heavy lift launch capabilities
- A "flexible path" approach to space exploration opening up vast opportunities including near-Earth asteroids (NEA) and Mars
- New space technology investments to increase the capabilities beyond low Earth orbit
Budget Enables Significant Progress on Key Human Spaceflight Activities
- Specific content of human spaceflight portfolio as reflected in FY 2012 budget request validated by NASA framework studies and highly consistent with the NASA Authorization Act of 2010
- ISS being utilized for critical exploration research and demonstrations
- Cargo and crew access to ISS being developed through innovative partnerships with private sector
- SLS and MPCV are initial essential capabilities required for NASA and the U.S. to lead exploration beyond LEO
- These vehicles provide capabilities needed for exploration of many destinations, including cis-lunar space, the moon, asteroids and Mars and its environs
- Formulation of these Programs is proceeding aggressively and progress will be significant in FY 2012 Budget Enables Significant Progress on Key Human Spaceflight Activities
- Pursuing cutting edge human research and innovative development of needed life support, crew habitat and other future exploration capabilities
- Exploration of more complex destinations will be enabled as key capabilities are developed over time
- Leveraging the best of NASA, industry, academia, and partner capabilities while planning innovative, cost- effective approaches to development and future operations"