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Perspective on the Future of Exploration

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Presentation by Rick Bachtel (Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne) at the Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, 22 October 2008. …

Presentation by Rick Bachtel (Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne) at the Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, 22 October 2008.


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  • 1. Perspective on the Future of Exploration Rick Bachtel Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne October 2008
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  • 3. 50 Years of PWR Engines 1594 Launches Note: An additional 17 Titan IV launches included Centaur-T upper stages powered by PWR RL10 engines Atlas Saturn Saturn Space Delta Atlas Delta Redstone Navaho Jupiter Thor I/II I/1B V Shuttle I/II/III III/V IV 85 11 46 380 568 19 13 122 323 19 8 Last updated: 14 March 2008 ACTIVE
  • 4. Global Launch Market DoD 12% NASA 11% Commercial 3% Limited Opportunities For Growth In This Market
  • 5. The Propulsion Market Today Low Growth Low Margin Low Production Rates Uncertain Funding High Risk
  • 6. Why we’re enthused … We’re going back ! The Challenge of Doing what’s Hard Knowing we must be perfect The Feeling of Success
  • 7. The US Launch Industry – A Partnership The US Government must lead to ensure the health of the US Launch Industry But Industry must also do its part:
      • Be More creative
      • Accept more risk
      • Lower the cost
  • 8. Government Programs:
    • Constellation
    • EELV
    • COTS
    will enable Exploration assure Access to Space assure National Security and maintain the base Industry needs to leverage this capability !!
  • 9. Space Tourism – Lower Tech, Sub-Orbital Blue Origin Karman Line Low altitude Short duration Minimal payload No re-entry issues Genesis II Lynx Spaceship II Goddard Astrium Space Jet
  • 10. Exploration will invigorate the U.S. Space Industry Growth will likely be in Commercial Space
  • 11. A Relationship Lasting 50 Years… Past, Present, and Future … for NASA P W R E O