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The future of the U.S. space program entrust to Obama.. / October 26, 2009 /

The future of the U.S. space program instructed Obama. / October 26, 2009 /

The list of development priorities of the American space program, laid out in the open access. Planning Committee manned flights in the U.S. government published the final version of the report on its work, during which members of the committee evaluated the program. Based on the report, U.S. President Barack Obama will make a final resolution on the future of American space exploration.

The Committee is chaired by the former executive director of Lockheed Martin, Norman Augustine (Norman Augustine) for several months analyzing the activities of the American space agency, determines how effective is it and selected the most promising projects.

Short version of the report committee was published on Sept. 9, 2009. The full report is 157 pages, but its conclusions largely repeats the findings contained in the short version. Augustine and his colleagues concluded that NASA should continue to implement the program "Constellation» (Constellation), which involves the creation of new rockets and spaceships. Characteristics missiles Ares »(Ares) and spacecraft Orion» (Orion) to allow NASA to send people into orbit and the moon.

Augustine, the Committee noted that the completion of the program in a reasonable time the agency must reduce the functional space transportation and desist from the establishment of several missiles in favor of «hybrid» option.

In addition, committee members suggested that the U.S. president to choose from several options for exploration of deep space. Augustine and his co-authors argue that the most promising is the option, under which America will not focus on one object, but will be «on a bit» to investigate several purposes.

The main conclusion of the report is the conclusion of the need for additional funding for the U.S. space program. In the absence of additional funds would drag on indefinitely. Lack of money has become a reason for refusing NASA from several lines of research, in particular, from the development of a system for tracking hazardous to Earth asteroids.

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