SECTION II

KSC SPECIFIC ROLES IN SUPPORT OF THE AERONAUTICS AND SPACE TRANSPORTATION TECHNOLOGY (ASTT) ENTERPRISE

The realignment of NASA Headquarters has resulted in the merging of organizations and their distribution of responsibilities. More specifically, the Aeronautics and Space Transportation Technologies enterprises have been merged. This enterprise now includes Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV) and Advanced Space Transportation Technology Programs. KSC supports these space transportation technology activities in the following ways:

ASTT GOAL 1

Global Civil Aviation: NASA's objectives for improving air transportation system safety, affordability, and environmental compatibility include technology for a ten-fold improvement in the safety of flight, a 50 percent reduction in the cost of air travel, and equally aggressive reductions in aircraft noise and emissions over the next 20 years. Another objective is to reduce the cost of access to space.

KSC Implementation Plans and Future Plans:

ASTT GOAL 3

Access to Space: Low-cost space access is the key to unleashing the commercial potential of space and greatly expanding space research and exploration. Through integration of aeronautical principles with commercial launch vehicles, a ten-fold reduction in the cost of placing payloads in Low Earth Orbit is anticipated within the next decade. An additional ten-fold cost reduction in the decade beyond is the far-term goal for low-cost space access.

KSC Implementation Plans:

KSC Future Plans:

KSC Implementation Plan Home Page

Author: Saul Barton
Curator: Carol Valdes (Carol.Valdes-1@ksc.nasa.gov)
Updated: June 10, 1997

A service of the Kennedy Space Center, Roy D. Bridges, Center Director