On November 12, 2013, NASA's Associate Administrator for Human Exploration and Operations Bill Gerstenmaier participated in a roundtable discussion to consider the challenges facing the U.S. space exploration program. Panelists representing NASA and its prime contractors discussed the work being done on the agency's Orion spacecraft and Space Launch System rocket, which will carry humans farther into space than ever before. Orion and the Space Launch System will provide the United States an entirely new human space exploration capability, a flexible system that can extend human presence beyond low-Earth orbit and enable new missions of exploration in our solar system.
Mr. Gerstenmaier opened with a presentation, available for download here, and then engaged a panel of industry leaders in discussion. The NASA and prime contractor panelists were:
-- William Gerstenmaier, associate administrator for human exploration and operations, NASA
-- Julie Van Kleek, vice president, advanced space and launch programs, Aerojet Rocketdyne
-- Charlie Precourt, vice president and general manager, ATK Space Launch Division
-- John Elbon, vice president and general manager, Boeing Space Exploration
-- Jim Crocker, vice president and general manager, civil space, Lockheed Martin Space Systems
The discussion took place at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., and was sponsored by TechAmerica's Space Enterprise Council in partnership with the George Marshall Institute and the Coalition for Space Exploration.
For more information on NASA's human deep space exploration, visit www.nasa.gov/exploration.