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Industry Perspectives on the Future of Exploration

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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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  • 1. “ 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
  • 2. Perspectives on Exploration
    • Constellation Architecture provides sound foundation
    • NASA Industry partnership is critical
    • Challenges and Opportunities
    • Public and Political Support
  • 3. Constellation Architecture
    • Provides Sound Foundation
    • Combination of Human and Robotic missions maximize investment
    • Past & current investments are being leveraged
    • Demonstrated progress
  • 4. 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
  • 5. 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
  • 6. 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
  • 7. 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
  • 8. 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
  • 9.