An Update on Space Exploration Policy and Programs

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Date(s) - 3/30/201012:00 am


On Tuesday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m., the George C. Marshall Institute convened a workshop to begin examining the administration’s proposed changes to NASA’s space exploration plans.

Dr. Laurie Leshin, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration, discussed changes to the exploration program in a keynote speech, laying out in greater detail plans that have only been discussed at the highest levels.  Dr. Leshin’s slides are available Leshin 3-30-10.

Following her talk, the Institute convened a panel of experts to consider the question of commercial human spaceflight, a cornerstone of the administration’s plans for human spaceflight.  Panelists discussed such issues as: What is it? How do you implement it? What are its strengths? What are its weaknesses?

Panelists included:

  • Andrew Aldrin, United Launch Alliance.  Dr. Aldrin’s slides are available Aldrin 3-30-10.
  • Ken Bowersox, SpaceX.  Mr. Bowersox’s slides are available Bowersox 3-30-10
  • James Muncy, PoliSpace
  • Kent Rominger, ATK Aerospace Systems.  Mr. Rominger’s slides are available Rominger 3-30-10.

A C-SPAN video of the event is available at

Space Exploration Policy and Programs – C-SPAN Video LibraryDr. Laurie Leshin, NASA Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration, gave the keynote address at a discussion on commercial human spaceflight. She laid out the agency’s plans for commercial spaceflight. Following her remarks, panelists talked about the plan’s implementation, and strengths and weaknesses.

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