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Comparing Future Options for Human Space FlightThe paper analyzes the "value proposition" for government-funded human space flight, a vexing question that persistently dogs efforts to justify its $10(exp 10)/year expense in the U.S. The original Mercury/Gemini/Apollo value proposition is not valid today. Neither was it the value proposition actually promoted by von Braun, which the post-Apollo 80% of human space flight history has persistently attempted to fulfill. Divergent potential objectives for human space flight are captured in four strategic options - Explore Mars; accelerate Space Passenger Travel; enable Space Power for Earth; and Settle the Moon - which are then analyzed for their Purpose, societal Myth, Legacy benefits, core Needs, and result as measured by the number and type of humans they would fly in space. This simple framework is proposed as a way to support productive dialogue with public and other stakeholders, to determine a sustainable value proposition for human space flight.
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Acquisition Source
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Sherwood, Brent
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 20, 2015
Publication Date
September 27, 2010
Subject Category
Administration And Management
Economics And Cost Analysis
Meeting Information
Meeting: International Astronautical Congress (IAC-10)
Location: Prague
Country: Czechoslovakia
Start Date: September 27, 2010
End Date: October 1, 2010
Sponsors: International Astronautical Federation
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