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              The Global Positioning System: A Shared National Asset

              The Global Positioning System: A Shared National Asset (Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board

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              The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite-based navigation system that was originally designed for the US military. This book identifies technical improvements that would enhance military, civilian, and commercial use of the GPS. Several technical improvements are recomm...ended that could be made to enhance the overall system performance.
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              ISBN 9780309052832
              Released NZ 15 Jan 1995
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              Low-Altitude Wind Shear and Its Hazard to Aviation

              Low-Altitude Wind Shear and Its Hazard to Aviation (Paperback)

              By Committee on Low-Altitude Wind Shear and Its Hazard to Aviation; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Board on Atmospheric Sciences & Climate; Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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              ISBN 9780309034326
              Released NZ 15 Jan 1983
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              Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA's Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs

              Limiting Future Collision Risk to Spacecraft: An Assessment of NASA's Meteoroid and Orbital Debris Programs (Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Committee for the Assessment of NASA's Orbital Debris Programs

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              Derelict satellites, equipment and other debris orbiting Earth (aka space junk) have been accumulating for many decades and could damage or even possibly destroy satellites and human spacecraft if they collide. During the past 50 years, various National Aeronautics and Space Admi...nistration (NASA) communities have contributed significantly to maturing meteoroid and orbital debris (MMOD) programs to their current state. Satellites have been redesigned to protect critical components from MMOD damage by moving critical components from exterior surfaces to deep inside a satellite's structure. Orbits are monitored and altered to minimize the risk of collision with tracked orbital debris. MMOD shielding added to the International Space Station (ISS) protects critical components and astronauts from potentially catastrophic damage that might result from smaller, untracked debris and meteoroid impacts. Limiting future collision risk to spacecraft: an assessment of NASA's meteoroid and orbital debris programs examines NASA's efforts to understand the meteoroid and orbital debris environment, identifies what NASA is and is not doing to mitigate the risks posed by this threat, and makes recommendations as to how they can improve their programs. While the report identified many positive aspects of NASA's MMOD programs and efforts including responsible use of resources, it recommends that the agency develop a formal strategic plan that provides the basis for prioritizing the allocation of funds and effort over various MMOD program needs. Other necessary steps include improvements in long-term modeling, better measurements, more regular updates of the debris environmental models, and other actions to better characterize the long-term evolution of the debris environment. --
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              ISBN 9780309219747
              Released NZ 15 Nov 2011
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              Fostering Visions for the Future: A Review of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts

              Fostering Visions for the Future: A Review of the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (Paperback)

              By Committee to Review the NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Research Council, National

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              The NASA Institute for Advanced Concepts (NIAC) was formed in 1998 to provide an independent source of advanced aeronautical and space concepts that could dramatically impact how NASA develops and conducts its missions. Until the program's termination in August 2007, NIAC provide...d an independent open forum, a high-level point of entry to NASA for an external community of innovators, and an external capability for analysis and definition of advanced aeronautics and space concepts to complement the advanced concept activities conducted within NASA. Throughout its 9-year existence, NIAC inspired an atmosphere for innovation that stretched the imagination and encouraged creativity. As requested by Congress, this volume reviews the effectiveness of NIAC and makes recommendations concerning the importance of such a program to NASA and to the nation as a whole, including the proper role of NASA and the federal government in fostering scientific innovation and creativity and in developing advanced concepts for future systems. Key findings and recommendations include that in order to achieve its mission, NASA must have, and is currently lacking, a mechanism to investigate visionary, far-reaching advanced concepts. Therefore, a NIAC-like entity should be reestablished to fill this gap.
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              ISBN 9780309140515
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2009
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              Review of the Space Communications Program of NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate

              Review of the Space Communications Program of NASA's Space Operations Mission Directorate (Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Committee to Review NASA's Space Communications Program; Academy of Sciences, National

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              The Space Communications Office (SCO) at NASA has two primary roles. The first is to manage two of the communications networks that enable spaceflight operations and research, and the second is to integrate agency-wide telecommunications issues. This report presents a review of e...ach of the program elements within the SCO and the space network.
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              ISBN 9780309102971
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2007
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              An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps

              An Interim Report on NASA's Draft Space Technology Roadmaps (Paperback)

              By Steering Committee for the NASA Technology Roadmaps; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Research Council, National

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              For the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to achieve many of its space science and exploration goals over the next several decades, dramatic advances in space technology will be necessary. NASA has developed a set of 14 draft roadmaps to guide the development o...f such technologies under the leadership of the NASA Office of the Chief Technologist (OCT). Each roadmap focuses on a particular technology area. OCT requested that the National Research Council conduct a study to review the draft roadmaps, gather and assess relevant community input, and make recommendations and suggest priorities to inform NASA's decisions as it finalizes its roadmaps. The success of OCT's technology development program is essential, because technological breakthroughs have long been the foundation of NASA's successes, from its earliest days, to the Apollo program, to a vast array of space science missions and the International Space Station. This report identifies some gaps in the technologies included in the individual roadmaps. It suggests that the effectiveness of the NASA space technology program can be enhanced by employing proven management practices and principles including increasing program stability, addressing facility issues, and supporting adequate flight tests of new technologies. This interim report provides several additional observations that will be expanded on in the final report to be released in 2012--
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              ISBN 9780309218757
              Released NZ 15 Oct 2011
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              U.S. Supersonic Commercial Aircraft: Assessing NASA's High Speed Research Program

              U.S. Supersonic Commercial Aircraft: Assessing NASA's High Speed Research Program (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Research Council, National; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; on High Speed Research, Committee

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              The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is developing advanced technologies to form the foundation for the breakthrough in civil aviation. This book examines aircraft design requirements, assesses the program's planning and progress, and recommends changes that h...elps the program achieve its overall objectives.
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              ISBN 9780309058780
              Released NZ 15 Jan 1999
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              Streamlining Space Launch Range Safety

              Streamlining Space Launch Range Safety (Paperback)

              By on Space Launch Range Safety?, Committee; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Research Council, National

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              In 1997, for the first time commercial launches outnumbered government launches at the Eastern Range (ER), located at Cape Canaveral Air Station, Florida. This title discusses whether range safety processes can be made more efficient and less costly without compromising public sa...fety.
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              ISBN 9780309069311
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2000
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              Uninhabited Air Vehicles: Enabling Science for Military Systems

              Uninhabited Air Vehicles: Enabling Science for Military Systems (Trade Paperback / Paperback, illustrated edition)

              By Committee on Materials, Structures, and Aeronautics for Advanced Uninhabited Air Vehicles; Commission on Engineering and Technical Systems; Materials Advisory Board, National; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences

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              States that US Air Force (USAF) planners have envisioned that uninhabited air vehicles (UAVs), working in concert with inhabited vehicles, will become an integral part of the future force structure. This title also states that plans are based on the premise that UAVs have the pot...ential to augment, or even replace, inhabited aircraft in missions.
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              ISBN 9780309069830
              Released NZ 15 Jan 2000
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              Radioisotope Power Systems: An Imperative for Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Space Exploration

              Radioisotope Power Systems: An Imperative for Maintaining U.S. Leadership in Space Exploration (Paperback)

              By Power Systems Committee, Radioisotope; Studies Board, Space; Aeronautics and Space Engineering Board; Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences; Research Council, National

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              Spacecraft require electrical energy. This energy must be available in the outer reaches of the solar system where sunlight is very faint. It must be available through lunar nights that last for 14 days, through long periods of dark and cold at the higher latitudes on Mars, and i...n high-radiation fields such as those around Jupiter. Radioisotope power systems (RPSs) are the only available power source that can operate unconstrained in these environments for the long periods of time needed to accomplish many missions, and plutonium-238 (238Pu) is the only practical isotope for fueling them. Plutonium-238 does not occur in nature. The committee does not believe that there is any additional 238Pu (or any operational 238Pu production facilities) available anywhere in the world.The total amount of 238Pu available for NASA is fixed, and essentially all of it is already dedicated to support several pending missions--the Mars Science Laboratory, Discovery 12, the Outer Planets Flagship 1 (OPF 1), and (perhaps) a small number of additional missions with a very small demand for 238Pu. If the status quo persists, the United States will not be able to provide RPSs for any subsequent missions.
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              ISBN 9780309138574
              Released NZ 15 Jul 2010
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