Missions & Hardware

RFI from NRC on Science Opportunities Enabled by NASA's Constellation System

By Keith Cowing
March 27, 2008

The Space Studies Board and the Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board of the National Research Council (NRC) have begun a study of science opportunities enabled by NASA’s Constellation system of launch vehicles and spacecraft. The Committee on Science Opportunities Enabled by NASA’s Constellation System will first analyze a set of “Vision Mission” concepts provided by NASA.

The results of this analysis will be included in an interim report to be completed by the end of April 2008. The mission concepts that the committee is analyzing for its interim report are listed on the committee’s website: http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48895

In order to obtain the greatest possible input of ideas from the community about potential mission concepts addressing space science research, we are soliciting input from the broad community concerning ideas for missions or programs that are uniquely enabled by NASA’s Constellation system. The capabilities of the Constellation system, some or all of which should be used in this input, are also available at the committee’s website. These missions or programs can include, but are not limited to: Earth sciences, solar system exploration, heliophysics, astronomy and astrophysics.

For further information on this RFI, see http://www8.nationalacademies.org/cp/projectview.aspx?key=48895.
Deadline is May 5, 2008. [Source: NAI newsletter]

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