This book looks more to the future and outside space programs to the policy context in which they operate. It examines the policies that drive the space science program and recommend several changes and considers the history of the Shuttle program as a caution for new launch system developments.
Table of Contents
Preface -- Introduction -- Overview -- The Future of the Unmanned Space Program -- The Lonely Race to Mars: the Future of Manned Spaceflight -- Context -- The Nasa Budget: for Whom, for What, and How Big? -- Nasa and the Budget Process -- Decision Making and Accountability in the U.S. Space Program: A Perspective -- The Role of Incentives and Accountability in Industry and Government -- Policy Issues Pertaining to the Space Exploration Initiative -- Low Cost Access to Space for Small Science and Technology -- Programs -- NASA'S Space Science Program: The Vision and The Reality1 -- And Then There Was One: The Changing Character of NASA'S Space Science Flight Program -- Eos, The Earth Observing System: NASA'S Global Change Research Mission -- The Future of the Space Station Program* -- The Space Shuttle Program: Performance Versus Promise -- Conclusions -- Imagined Frontiers: Westward Expansion and the Future of the Space Program -- Can the United States Conduct a Vigorous Civilian Space Program?