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Presentation by Michael Rudolphi (Vice President, Huntsville Space Operations, ATK) at the Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, 22 October 2008. ...

Presentation by Michael Rudolphi (Vice President, Huntsville Space Operations, ATK) at the Von Braun Memorial Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, 22 October 2008.




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Space Exploration… Going Beyond Earth Orbit Presentation Transcript

  • 1. Presented by: Michael Rudolphi Vice President, Huntsville Space Operations Space Exploration… Going Beyond Earth Orbit Innovation … Delivered. Approved for Public Release Wernher von Braun Memorial Symposium October 21-22, 2008, Von Braun Center, Huntsville, Alabama
  • 2. Ares Launch Vehicles
      • Ares I and Ares V leverage on common hardware for low cost
      • A single launch provides greater than 400,000 pounds of payload to Earth orbit
      • Payloads, mission designs, and architectures are simplified
      • Significant national security payload options become available
    Ares I Ares V Approved for Public Release
  • 3. Enabling Exploration
    • Ares V heavy lift launch vehicle enables missions beyond Earth’s orbit for decades to come
      • Space telescopes: deep space and Earth observation
      • Visits to nearby asteroids
      • Lunar exploration
      • Future missions to Mars
    Mars and Beyond James Webb Space Telescope Lunar Exploration Approved for Public Release
  • 4. Global Leadership
    • America’s space exploration for the past 50 years has resulted in many benefits
      • Technology advancements
      • Economic leadership
      • National security
    • U.S. leadership in space is being challenged
      • Exploration ensures…
        • International cooperation and partnerships
        • Continued growth of America’s space technologies and infrastructure
        • Advances in technology
        • Global prestige
    Mars Lander ISS Approved for Public Release
  • 5. Technology Advances From Exploration
      • Advances in technology from exploration fuel the economy
      • NASA’s current 11 lunar studies
        • ATK developing technology for long-term lunar energy storage
        • Will provide significantly more energy storage than advanced lithium-ion battery systems
        • Could ultimately translate to a system on Earth
      • Spin-offs as a result of exploration
        • NASA programs have resulted in more than 1,400 commercial products
    Lunar Energy Storage Approved for Public Release
  • 6. Inspiring the Next Generation
      • Exploration inspires young people to consider education in science, technology, math, and engineering
      • NASA needs educated U.S. citizen work force
      • Leaving low-Earth orbit generates interest and motivation
        • During the first two months of the Mars rover mission, NASA had 6.5 billion hits to their website
      • Our view of the universe, and our world in particular, is enlarged and our knowledge enhanced
    Approved for Public Release
  • 7. Exploration and the Economy
      • Technology and education position the U.S. as the global economic leader
      • Exploration provides high-technology jobs
        • 85% of NASA’s budget is spent through industry contracts
      • New technologies and spin-offs from exploration contribute to the economy
    Federal Budget NASA’s Portion For more information, visit “NASA in Your Life” at www.nasa.gov Approved for Public Release
  • 8. Exploration Is the Future
    • America’s bold plan to explore new frontiers and the human exploration of space provide significant technological, educational, economic, and national security benefits
    Approved for Public Release