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Title: US Space Exploration Initiative - Preliminary Assessment


1
International Cooperation on Space Exploration
Future Approaches
Symposium on Space Exploration and International
Cooperation 22 June 2004
James V. Zimmerman International Academy of
Astronautics Next Steps in Exploring Deep
Space Policy and International Cooperation Study
Team
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  • Next Steps Study Overview
  • Assumptions
  • Mechanisms
  • Recommendations

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The Next Steps in Exploring Deep Space
Goal To provide a vision for the scientific
exploration of space in the 21st Century
  • Characteristics
  • Provides a systematic, flexible, sustainable
    vision for space exploration,
  • Integrates robotic and human missions Utilize
    robots where capable and humans where required.
  • Treats space exploration as a global enterprise.
  • Approach
  • First determine why society should support such
    an enterprise.
  • Then determine what the goals are to satisfy
    these imperatives
  • From the goals determine where and how to
    accomplish them.
  • Status
  • International volunteer study team began work in
    April 2001.
  • Peer review complete in July 2004. Publication
    in autumn 2004.

4
The Imperatives Why Explore Deep Space?
  • To Explore - the cultural imperative
  • Expand the frontiers of human experience
  • Fulfill the human need to advance and learn
  • Inspire, educate, and engage our youth and the
    public
  • To Understand - the scientific imperative
  • Knowledge and understanding of what surrounds us
    in space
  • Answers to fundamental questions of our origins
    and destiny
  • Advance and sustain human experience and
    technological progress
  • To Unify - the political imperative
  • Toward a global endeavor without national
    boundaries
  • Toward mutual achievement and security through
    challenging enterprise
  • Toward human utilization of the solar system

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ASSUMPTIONS
  • Exploration of space is intrinsically a global
    enterprise
  • Multiple exploration visions with differing
    goals will emerge
  • Most countries prefer roadmaps that do not
    depend on others for success

6
MECHANISMS
  • Coordination of Roadmaps -- Long Term
  • Harmonize Goals and Visions
  • Minimize duplication, fill gaps
  • Pursue interoperability
  • Cooperation on Projects -- Step by Step
  • Bilateral and Multilateral
  • Government and Private Sector

7
RECOMMENDATIONS
  • Establish an international forum for information
    exchange and coordination
  • Expand use of international logistics support for
    ISS to demonstrate potential for exploration
    missions
  • Approach cooperation on a step by step basis
    focusing on individual projects

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