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NASA International Workshop on Exploration Day 3 Report Outs, Summaries

Status Report From: NASA Office of Exploration Systems
Posted: Thursday, November 18, 2004

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  • 10 agencies participated
  • - ASI Simonetta Di Pippo
    - CONAE Roberto Alonso
    - CSA Pierre Allard, William Harvey
    - CNES Richard Bonneville
    - DLR Juergen Drescher
    - ESA Bruna Gardini
    - JAXA Kohtaro Matsumoto
    - Roskosmos Konstantin Pichkhadze, Artem Ivankov
    - UK(BNSC) David Parker
    - Ukraine Oleg Fedorov

  • 9 agencies presented in addition to NASA
    - Presentations covered each agency's areas of expertise and interest in Lunar and Mars robotic missions as well as space weather monitoring and prediction (NEO's?)
  • Summary spreadsheet captured all capabilities, missions, instruments of interest and top 3 items on interest to us/them for Exploration were identified (included in these slides).
  • Discussions occurred regarding the measurements, technologies, infrastructure required for robotic precursors. In addition, we discussed the barriers to and potential solutions for collaboration on these efforts.

The Way Forward for International Participation

  • It is important we get the ISS experience, achieving our commitments and leveraging investments. It is a necessary political and technical goal, and a necessary step in the Vision. We can focus the ISS on the human element in the journey and testing capabilities.
  • Long term Mars priorities are very common.
  • There is significant planning in robotic exploration among the partners. We should all collaborate to avoid duplication and maximize complementary objectives.
  • General support for the Vision as it has been laid out; including Lunar Exploration. Every country is going through an evaluation of what the Vision means to them, their interests, and roadmaps.
  • Regardless of the outcome of future participation there are a broad set of technologies that partners want to bring to bear. Looking at the larger vision of the Moon, Mars, and beyond there are many opportunities for application of technology and capabilities.
  • Science: There appears to be a broad set of common science questions and objectives. (e.g., If life exists elsewhere, origin of life, understanding our place in the universe).
  • We are all focused on the benefits to our societies and society as a whole. Inspiration, education and societal benefits are common motivations for programs around the world. Many technologies needed by society are common with exploration.
  • There is an interest in the expansion of the human presence in space that relates to the other interests as an objective in itself.
  • Security: By working together on common space objectives, we are addressing our common security and well-being.
  • Common standards and compatibility between systems are important and raises the issue of overall governance.
  • Reduce duplication; be complementary

Key Messages

  • Mars is the central exploration focus for nearly all countries
    - Most countries haven't identified the Moon as stepping stone to Mars in their strategic planning (with robotic precursors)
    - Current planning in countries other than the U.S. is driven by the science priorities developed within their own science constituencies and the global marketplace
    - Mars Sample Return was the highest Mars priority in general
  • Most countries are application-driven
    - their missions and products have to be traced to specific technologies with clearly-defined societal benefits
  • A large amount of technology development will be required to enable exploration
    - There are a lot of relevant technologies that are planned or being developed that will be extremely valuable to exploration
  • Everyone is excited about the potential for true collaboration
    - This workshop is a good first ste
    p - engaging potential partners before plans are set in stone
    - We need to learn the lessons from past collaborative efforts
  • There are many robotic missions planned to both the Moon and Mars
    - Collaboration on key missions such as Mars Sample Return is advantageous for all
  • Sharing of data from missions is essential to moving forward in a collaborative way
    - This is an area where innovative new practices could be of great benefit to Exploration

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