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Presentation by Ron Wetmore (Vice President, Exploration Systems, Lockheed martin) at the Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, 22 October 2008. ...

Presentation by Ron Wetmore (Vice President, Exploration Systems, Lockheed martin) at the Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, 22 October 2008.

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Industry Perspectives on the Future of Exploration Industry Perspectives on the Future of Exploration Presentation Transcript

  • “ Industry Perspectives on the Future of Exploration” Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium Ron Wetmore Vice President, Exploration Systems Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company October 2008
  • Perspectives on Exploration
    • Constellation Architecture provides sound foundation
    • NASA Industry partnership is critical
    • Challenges and Opportunities
    • Public and Political Support
  • Constellation Architecture
    • Provides Sound Foundation
    • Combination of Human and Robotic missions maximize investment
    • Past & current investments are being leveraged
    • Demonstrated progress
  • NASA and LMC Progress Orion Launch Abort System Propulsion Testing The Orion Pad Abort Crew Module (CM) pathfinder weight check Ares I-X FSAM Harness near Completion
  • NASA Industry Partnership
    • The NASA Industry partnership is critical to the future of Space Exploration
    • Industry Partners allow NASA to leverage lessons learned
    • Partnership with State and Local Governments
  • Challenges and Opportunities
    • NASA Budget
    • Challenging economic times won't last
    • Transition from Shuttle to Constellation and the "Gap"
    • Constellation as a National resource and source of National pride
  • Public and Political Support
    • Constellation is a decadal Program
    • Congress is providing bipartisan support
    • The Public needs to be educated on the what, why, when, how of Constellation
    • Investment in Space is a good investment
  • Conclusion
    • Constellation is achievable
    • Challenges can be overcome
    • Congress and the Public become advocates when made aware of the benefits
    • Invest in Space...the Benefits are Limitless
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