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Integrating National Space VisionsThis paper examines value proposition assumptions for various models nations may use to justify, shape, and guide their space programs. Nations organize major societal investments like space programs to actualize national visions represented by leaders as investments in the public good. The paper defines nine 'vision drivers' that circumscribe the motivations evidently underpinning national space programs. It then describes 19 fundamental space activity objectives (eight extant and eleven prospective) that nations already do or could in the future use to actualize the visions they select. Finally the paper presents four contrasting models of engagement among nations, and compares these models to assess realistic pounds on the pace of human progress in space over the coming decades. The conclusion is that orthogonal engagement, albeit unlikely because it is unprecedented, would yield the most robust and rapid global progress.
Document ID
20070032869
Document Type
Preprint (Draft being sent to journal)
External Source(s)
Authors
Sherwood, Brent (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 23, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 2006
Subject Category
Space Sciences (General)
Meeting Information
57th International Astronautical Congress(Valencia)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
space futures
international
cooperations
visions
space programs