The Augustine Commission – Final Report

The final report of the Augustine Commission (all 155 pages) can be obtained here. The press conference re-iterated the Summary Report. Now we can digest the report and see what happens.

Table of Contents
Preface 7
Executive Summary 9
Chapter 1.0 Introduction 19
Chapter 2.0 US Human Spaceflight: Historical Review 27
Chapter 3.0 Goals and Future Destinations for Exploration 33
3.1 Goals for Exploration 33
3.2 Overview of Destinations and Approach 33
3.3 Mars First 35
3.4 Moon First 37
3.5 The Flexible Path to Mars 40
3.6 Summary of Strategies for Exploration Beyond Low-Earth Orbit 43
Chapter 4.0 Current Human Spaceflight Programs 47
4.1 The Space Shuttle 47
4.2 The International Space Station 51
4.3 The Constellation Program 57
Chapter 5.0 Launch to Low-Earth Orbit and Beyond 63
5.1 Evaluation Methodology for Launch Vehicles 63
5.2 Heavy Lift to Low-Earth Orbit and Beyond 64
5.3 Crew Launch to Low-Earth Orbit 68
5.4 Additional Issues in Launcher Selection 72
Chapter 6.0 Program Options and Evaluation 77
6.1 Evaluation Criteria 77
6.2 Key Decisions and Integrated Options 79
6.3 Integrated Options Constrained to the FY 2010 Budget 84
6.4 Moon First Integrated Options Fit to the Less-Constrained Budget 85
6.5 Flexible Path Integrated Options Fit to the Less-Constrained Budget 91
6.6 Comparisons Across Integrated Options 94
Chapter 7.0 Critical Technologies for Sustainable Exploration 99
7.1 Fundamental Unknowns 99
7.2 Propellant Storage and Transfer in Space 100
7.3 In Situ Propellant Production and Transport 101
7.4 Mars Orbit to Surface Transportation 102
7.5 Advanced Space Propulsion 102
7.6 Technology Summary 103
Chapter 8.0 Partnerships 105
8.1 International Partnerships 105
8.2 US Intra-Government Partnerships 107
Chapter 9.0 Concluding Observations 111
9.1 Establishing Goals 111
9.2 Matching Resources and Goals 111
9.3 NASA Management Challenges 112
9.4 Systems Engineering 113
9.5 Procuring Systems 113
9.6 Managing the Balance of Human and Robotic Spaceflight 114
9.7 Concluding Summary 115
Appendices
A Committee Member Biographies 117
B Committee Staff 123
C Review of US Human Space Flight Plans Statement of Task 127
D Charter of the Review of US Human Space Flight Plans Committee 131
E List of Full Committee Meetings and Locations 135
F Briefers and Committee Contacts 137
G Communications and Public Engagement 141
H Bibliography 145
Glossary Acronyms and Abbreviations 153
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