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Space Exploration… Going Beyond Earth Orbit


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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.

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Space Exploration… Going Beyond Earth Orbit

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