This session will provide insight into the current thinking with regard to architectural elements and technical capabilities necessary to get beyond LEO. Representatives from international government agencies, industrial partners, and commercial providers will share their current ideas for future missions with an emphasis on capabilities we have/can realize, partnerships and the technology developments necessary to develop future capabilities.
NASA’s Space Launch System (SLS) will offer an unsurpassed capability for human and scientific missions beyond low-Earth orbit. As the first exploration-class launch vehicle since the Saturn V, the SLS will help astronauts expand the boundaries that have limited us for the last 40 years. From launching planetary probes and astronomical observatories, to the first human trips to asteroids and Mars, the SLS will provide the volume and lift capability to perform international missions such as those outlined in the Global Exploration Roadmap. Set to fly in 2017, this capability will open a new era of discovery from the unique vantage point of space.
The panel will discuss the state of knowledge regarding the ability to confirm availability and use off-Earth resources, including commercial and scientific endeavors. They will discuss the current challenges related to resources on asteroids, the Moon and other bodies. They will discuss the potential contributions of human and robotic spaceflight to meeting these challenges.
This panel will provide a perspective on human and robotic space exploration from the point of view of prominent planetary scientists. What are the priorities? What are the roles? How can we strengthen the partnership between human and robotic exploration in order to address the major science questions, from a COSPAR perspective.
This panel will discuss managing human health and performance risks for spaceflight and how this work contributes significantly to improving the practice of medicine, environmental health monitoring and technology development here on earth. The highest human health risks for exploration missions will be introduced, along with insight into efforts to understand and mitigate the risks. The panel will discuss the benefits of this work for improving our quality of life on earth, including recent partnerships with academia, industry and governments resulting in earth/space benefits, and application to the terrestrial practice of clinical and remote telemedicine. Topics discussed include radiation, behavioral health, nutrition, ultrasound applications and mobile health applications.
This panel seeks a concentrated discussion on the GER, looking for innovative solutions and ideas to advance its strategy for coordinated human and robotic exploration. It will have two sub-panels. The first subpanel will discuss the GER itself and the impact of its development and release. The second will discuss the capability driven approach reflected in the GER; taking a step wise approach to developing advanced capabilities by building on demonstrated capabilities and maturing technologies. What near term capabilities can be developed to take the first international steps beyond low Earth orbit?
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