Conferenza stampa il 4/12: Strategia per l'esplorazione e Lunar Architecture

Nov. 28, 2006

Michael Braukus/Beth Dickey
Headquarters, Washington

Kelly Humphries
Johnson Space Center, Houston



HOUSTON - NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale and senior executives
from the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate will host a press
conference at 1 p.m. CST Monday, Dec. 4, to announce the agency’s
global exploration strategy and lunar architecture.

Scott Horowitz, associate administrator for the Exploration Systems
Mission Directorate, and his deputy, Doug Cooke, will participate in
the news briefing.

The event will be at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, and will
air live on the Internet and NASA Television. Reporters may ask
questions from participating agency locations. Reporters should
coordinate with local NASA centers for access information.

The global exploration strategy explains the themes and objectives of
lunar exploration. The lunar architecture explains how the moon will
be explored.

For NASA TV streaming video, downlink and scheduling information,

For information about NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate


Wow, usciranno importanti novità? In certi ambienti non è trapelato niente? (chi deve capire capisca… :wink: )

Sui soliti siti “paralleli” (, ma beneinformati per ora nulla.
Stiamo a vedere, ma non mi aspetto novità sconvolgenti. Magari qualche dettaglio in più… :roll_eyes:

Qualche cosa è uscito oggi, qualche cosa uscirà nei prossimi giorni:

NASA unveils exploration strategy, lunar architecture NASA NEWS RELEASE Posted: December 4, 2006

HOUSTON - NASA on Monday unveiled the initial elements of the Global Exploration Strategy and a proposed U.S. lunar architecture, two critical tools for achieving the nation’s vision of returning humans to the moon.

NASA Deputy Administrator Shana Dale, who is guiding the long-term strategy development effort among 14 of the world’s space agencies, said, “This strategy will enable interested nations to leverage their capabilities and financial and technical contributions, making optimum use of globally available knowledge and resources to help energize a coordinated effort that will propel us into this new age of discovery and exploration.”

The Global Exploration Strategy focuses on two overarching issues: Why we are returning to the moon and what we plan to do when we get there. The strategy includes a comprehensive set of the reasons for embarking upon human and robotic exploration of the moon. NASA’s proposed lunar architecture focuses on a third issue: How humans might accomplish the mission of exploring the moon.

In April 2006, NASA initiated development of the Global Exploration Strategy in order to meet a congressional mandate, as well as to accomplish goals outlined in the agency’s strategic plan and the Vision for Space Exploration. The strategy is evolving from a lengthy dialogue among more than 1,000 individuals, including experts from NASA and 13 other space agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations and commercial interests. Experts from the Australian, Canadian, Chinese, European, French, German, British, Indian, Italian, Japanese, Russian, South Korean and Ukrainian space agencies participated.


continua qui:

Qui c’è il programma degli incontri dei prossimi giorni:

Monday, December 4, 2006

6-7:30 p.m. - Opening Reception, The Honorable Kay Bailey Hutchison, United States Senate

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

8-8:30 a.m. - Opening Ceremony and Welcome Remarks, Mr. John Elbon, Vice President and Program Manager, Constellation, The Boeing Company

8:30-9 a.m. - Opening Keynote, The Honorable Ms. Shana Dale, Deputy Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

9-10:15 a.m. - Plenary Panel - NASA Annual Report, Moderated by: Mr. Rex Geveden, Associate Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

* Dr. Scott Horowitz, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Associate Administrator, NASA
* Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Space Operations Mission Directorate Associate Administrator, NASA
* Dr. Lisa Porter, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate Associate Administrator, NASA
* Dr. Colleen Hartman, Science Mission Directorate Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA

10:45-11:15 a.m. - Overview and Introduction, Dr. Scott Horowitz, Associate Administrator,NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

11:15-12:30 a.m. - Plenary Panel - Development and Operations Collaboration, Moderated by: Mr. William Gerstenmaier, Associate Administrator, NASA Space Operations Mission Directorate

* Dr. Scott Horowitz, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Associate Administrator, NASA
* Mr. Mike Hawes, Space Operations Mission Directorate Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA
* Mr. John Elbon, ISS Vice President and Program Manager, The Boeing Company
* Ms. Anne Martt, Vice President and Constellation Program Manager, United Space Alliance

2-3:30 p.m. - Plenary Panel - International Exploration Perspective, Moderated by: Dr. John Logsdon, Space Policy Institute, George Washington University

* Dr. Alain Berinstain, Director, Planetary Exploration and Space Astronomy, Canadian Space Agency
* Mr. Yevgeny K. Zvedre, Senior Counselor for Science and Technology, Embassy of the Russian Federation, Washington DC
* Mr. Doug Cooke, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA
* Mr. Frederic Nordlund, Head, Washington Office, European Space Agency
* Mr. Virender Kumar, Counsellor (Space), Indian Space Research Organization, Embassy of India
* Representative, Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (Invited)

4-5:30 p.m. - Plenary Panel - Science and Exploration, Moderated by: Dr. Paul Hertz, Chief Scientist, NASA Science Mission Directorate

* Dr. Laurie Leshin, Director of Science and Exploration, NASA GSFC
* Dr. Paul Spudis, Senior Scientist, Member Lunar Architecture Team, Member President's Commission, John Hopkins University/Applied Physics Laboratory
* Dr. Noel Hinners, Vice President, Lockheed Martin (retired)
* Dr. Andrew B. Christensen, Space Technology Chief Scientist, Northrop Grumman

4-5:30 p.m. - Plenary Panel - Commercial Opportunities, Moderated by: Dr. Paul Eckert, International and Commercial Strategist, Boeing Space Exploration

* Ms. Eva-Jane Lark, Vice President, BMO Nesbitt Burns/Canada
* Dr. Silvano Casini, Senior ESA Consultant/Italy
* Mr. Elon Musk, CEO & Chief Technology Officer, SpaceX
* Mr. George French, President & CEO, Rocketplane-Kistler
* Mr. Nicolay Sevastiyano, President & General Designer, RSC Energia/Russia

Please note that 4-5:30 p.m. Plenary Panels will run consecutively.

5:30-7:30 p.m. - Future Exploration Leaders Reception

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

8-9:30 a.m. - Plenary Panel - Lunar Exploration Strategy and Architecture Status, Moderated by: Mr. Doug Cooke, Deputy Associate Administrator, NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate

* Mr. Tony Lavoie, Lunar Architecture Team Lead, NASA MSFC
* Mr. Jeff Volosin, Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, NASA HQ

10-11:30 a.m. - Plenary Panel - Constellation Elements (Orion, Ares, etc.), Moderated by: Mr. Jeff Hanley, Manager, NASA Constellation Program

* Mr. Caris “Skip” Hatfield, Constellation CEV (Orion) Project Manager, NASA JSC
* Mr. Steve Cook, Constellation CLV/HLLV (Ares I/V) Project Manager, NASA JSC
* Mr. Pepper Phillips, Deputy Director Constellation Project Office, NASA KSC
* Mr. Cleon Lacefield, VP and Orion Program Manager, Lockheed Martin
* Mr. Mike Kahn, Vice President, Space Launch Systems, Alliant Techsystems
* Mr. Steven Bouley, General Manager California Operations, Pratt & Whitney Rocketdyne

10-11:30 a.m. - Plenary Panel - Advanced Human and Robotic Technologies, Moderated by: Mr. Carl Walz, Director, NASA ESMD Advanced Capability Division

* Ms. Kathy Laurini, Human Research Program Manager, NASA JSC
* Mr. Craig Tooley, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Project Manager, NASA GSFC
* Ms. Patti O'Donnell, Advanced Program Manager, Hamilton Sundstrand
* Mr. Chris King, Director of Space Applications, Raytheon Missile Systems
* Randall Black, Human Space Autonomy & Robotics Development Product Team Lead, Honeywell

Please note that 10-11:30 a.m. Plenary Panels will run consecutively.

1-2:30 p.m. - Plenary Panel - Sustainability of the Vision, Moderated by: Dr. Pete Worden, Director, NASA Ames Research Center

* Ms. Peggy Finarelli, George Mason University
* Dr. Klaus Heiss, Director, High Frontier Inc.
* Ms. Juliane Sullivan, Senior Policy Advisor, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld
* Mr. Jeff Carr, Chair Public Affairs Team, Coalition for Space Exploration

3-3:30 p.m. - Closing Keynote


Grazie per le preziose info.
Terremo occhie e orecchie spalancati! :smiley:

Per ora niente da riportare… tranne che l’Italia è stata citata… :wink:

Cominciano a trapelare altre informazioni, la NASA ha dichiarato che sono bene accette collaborazioni internazionali sia da parte di privati che di agenzie governative, la possibile collaborazione sarà però limitata alle attività lunari e non alla realizzazione e utilizzo del CEV-LSAM.
Il luogo scelto per una base permanente sembra essere il polo sud lunare e in particolare il cratere Shackleton, la base, secondo i programmi sarebbe pienamente operativa per il 2025 e in grado di poter cominciare lo sviluppo della missione si Marte.
La prima missione per la costruzione della base permanente è prevista per il 2019 con l’invio di un cargo LSAM che trasporterà un rover non pressurizzato e un set di pannelli che saranno anche l’unica fonte di energia per i primi anni, è possibile l’utilizzo di un generatore nucleare più avanti.
Altri 2 LSAM alluneranno nel 2020, questi ultimi trasporteranno un’altra serie di pannelli, altri due rover e un piccolo camioncino lunare per il traporto di carichi più massicci.
Nel 2021 sarà la volta dei moduli abitativi ( descritti come ISS-like ) insieme ad altri pannelli e ad un sistema di accumulo di energia elettrica.
Nel 2022 ci sarà un terzo modulo abitativo altri pannelli e altri accumulatori. Infine nel 2023 il quarto e ultimo modulo abitativo, un’unità logistica e un ISRU ( non so cosa sia :? )
Nel 2024 ci saranno altri moduli logistici che completeranno la struttura e permetteranno l’inizio delle spedizioni di lunga durata. Un rover pressurizzato non è previsto prima del 2027.
Nel progetto sono anche previsti un sistema satellitare in orbita lunare per le telecomunicazioni e una nuova tuta per le EVA.
Tirando le somme serviranno 5 anni e 10 voli per realizzare la prima base lunare permanente.

Gli articoli da cui è stata presa questa breve descrizione:

interessante articolo ansa che riassume le cose scritte da albyz:

...e un ISRU ( non so cosa sia :? )...

ISRU: In Situ Resource Utilization, cioè un elemento funzionale che permetta di valutare ed eventualmente sfruttare le risorse del luogo (leggi ghiaccio d’acqua, elio3, ecc. ecc.).

Eccolo inserito tra gli acronimi…
Grazie Fabio!