Human Space Exploration: Early Assessments of NASA’s Next Steps


Darrel Gibbs (Editor)

Series: Space Science, Exploration and Policies
BISAC: SCI098000

NASA is undertaking a trio of closely-related programs to continue human space exploration including the SLS vehicle and the Orion capsule, which will launch atop the SLS and carry astronauts. As a whole, the efforts represent NASA’s largest exploration investment over the next decade, potentially as much as $22 billion, to demonstrate initial capabilities. Beyond 2021, NASA plans to incrementally develop more-capable SLS launch vehicles complemented by Orion capsules and ground systems.

This book examines the scope of NASA’s preliminary cost estimates for the three programs. It examines the SLS program’s progress toward and risks for its first test flight in 2017; and the extent to which the SLS program has plans in place to achieve its long-term goals and promote affordability. (Imprint: Novinka)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. NASA: Actions Needed to Improve Transparency and Assess Long-Term Affordability of Human Exploration Programs
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 2. Space Launch System: Resources Need to be Matched to Requirements to Decrease Risk and Support Long Term Affordability
United States Government Accountability Office

Chapter 3. NASA: Human Space Exploration Programs Face Challenges
Statement of Cristina T. Chaplain, Director, Acquisition and Sourcing Management, Government Accountability Office

Chapter 4. An Update on the Space Launch System and Orion: Monitoring the Development of the Nation’s Deep Space Exploration Capabilities
Statement of William H. Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations, NASA


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