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By Committee to Review NASA 's Exploration Technology Development Program, National Research Council

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In January 2004, President George W. Bush introduced the imaginative and prescient for house Exploration (VSE), which suggested NASA to 'Extend human presence around the sun process, beginning with a human go back to the Moon by way of the yr 2020, in instruction for human exploration of Mars and different destinations,' between different pursuits. As said within the VSE, major expertise improvement could be essential to accomplish the ambitions it articulates.NASA's Exploration expertise improvement application (ETDP) is designed to aid, boost, and eventually give you the helpful applied sciences to satisfy the targets of the VSE. This booklet, a overview of the ETDP, is generally supportive of the purpose and objectives of the VSE, and reveals the ETDP is making growth in the direction of the acknowledged pursuits of expertise improvement. besides the fact that, the ETDP is working inside of major constraints which restrict its skill to effectively accomplish these targets - the nonetheless dynamic nature of the Constellation software standards, the restrictions imposed by way of a constrained price range, the competitive time scale of early know-how deliverables, and the need to totally hire the NASA group.

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Rechargeable batteries and regenerative fuel cells are energy storage devices and cannot by themselves provide all the power needed for long-duration missions; a power source (solar or nuclear) is also needed. The objective is to deliver TRL 5 technologies to Constellation System Requirements Reviews and TRL 6 hardware for their PDRs. Status The battery and fuel cell research for the Energy Storage project is being carried out at GRC, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), JSC, KSC, and a few university and industrial collaborators and contractors.

13 AUTOMATED RENDEZVOUS AND DOCKING SENSOR TECHNOLOGY Objective The primary objective of the Automated Rendezvous and Docking Sensor Technology (AR&DST) project is to reduce risk associated with relative navigation sensors for proximity operations and docking through development, testing, and simulation. The primary customer for the technology is the Orion project, but it is important to the Altair Lunar Lander as well as to future Exploration activities. Status The technology developed in this project will provide a vision navigation sensor (or suite of sensors) to aid rendezvous, proximity operations, and docking.

This transition of people is good for transferring ownership of the technology to the Constellation Program, but at the cost of losing experience in the technology team. Part of the technology effort needs to look forward at technologies that will change how things can be done. The present effort is almost entirely focused on improving the existing approach. ASSESSMENTS OF THE PROJECTS OF THE EXPLORATION TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM 27 Alignment with the Vision for Space Exploration: Yellow Flag The technology development plan of the TCS project is aimed at performance rather than at architectural benefits.

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