A new Space Policy document on developing the Global Exploration Roadmap (GER) has just come out in Elsevier press, authored by C.R. Neal of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, G.K. Schmidt of SSERVI at NASA Ames Research Center, P. Ehrenfreund of the Space Policy Institute at George Washington University, and J.D. Carpenter of ESA ESTEC in The Netherlands.

The development of the GER by 12 space agencies participating in the International Space Exploration Coordination Group broadly outlines a pathway to send humans beyond low Earth orbit for the first time since Apollo. Three themes have emerged: Exploration of a Near-Earth Asteroid, Extended Duration Crew Missions, and Humans to the Lunar Surface. The lack of detail within each of these themes could mean that realizing the goals of the GER would be significantly delayed.

The purpose of the paper is to demonstrate that many of the details needed to fully define and evaluate these themes in terms of scientific rationale, economic viability, and technical feasibility already exist and need to be mapped to the GER. Here, the Humans to the Lunar Surface theme is used as an example to illustrate how this process could work. By mapping documents from a variety of international stakeholders, this process can be used to cement buy-in from the current partners and attract new ones to this effort.

Read the entire paper here

Posted by: Soderman/SSERVI Staff
Source: SSERVI/G. Schmidt

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