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A vision for commercialization

Published by Robin on Mon Jul 25, 2005 6:00 pm
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by Jeff Foust
Monday, July 25, 2005, The Space Review

Ever since Michael Griffin took the reins of NASA three months ago, the space community has been eagerly awaiting how he would put his stamp on the Vision for Space Exploration. It was almost certain that the new leadership would change the agency’s approach to implementing the Vision, based on actions such as the reshuffling of personnel, the curtailing of the extensive “roadmapping” activity that Griffin’s predecessor, Sean O’Keefe, had started, and the initiation of new architecture studies. The evidence for change is there, but what those changes will be have yet to be formally announced.

“Our target, in the 2018 timeframe, is to make the seventh human lunar landing,” Shank said.
Nonetheless, the are some details about those changes, from mission architectures to launch vehicle development, that have leaked out in recent months. Perhaps the clearest picture of NASA’s latest exploration plans came out of the Space Frontier Foundation’s Return to the Moon conference held last week in Las Vegas, where NASA officials offered a broad outline of the agency’s new approach to carrying out the Vision. Just as important as the technological approach to returning humans to the Moon, though, is NASA’s realization, made clear at the conference, that the agency cannot return to the Moon without an unprecedented degree of commercialization.

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