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Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
Perspective on the Future of Exploration
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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: <ul><ul><li>Be More creative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Accept more risk </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lower the cost </li></ul></ul>
  • 8. Government Programs: <ul><li>Constellation </li></ul><ul><li>EELV </li></ul><ul><li>COTS </li></ul>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

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