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APIO: Strategic Roadmaps - Overview
Editor's Note: This out-of-date content has been replaced. For the latest NASA plans, see the Budget and Plans page.

In January 2004, President Bush directed NASA to pursue a broad but focused program of space exploration. To help plan and ultimately carry out the Vision for Space Exploration, NASA is developing an Agency-wide Integrated Space Architecture that will guide the Agency's programmatic and budget decisions.

NASA's Mission Directorates and the Strategic Planning Council are now responsible for creating 13 different Strategic Roadmaps, which NASA will use to develop its Integrated Space Architecture. These roadmaps identify decision points for investing in new technology and setting mission priorities. When completed by mid-2005, the Roadmaps will include:
  • Broad science and exploration goals, priorities, recommended activities or investigations and a summary of anticipated discoveries and achievements.
  • High-level milestones, options and decision points.
  • Suggested implementation approaches and missions sets, with options and possible pathways.
  • Key dependencies on and relations to other roadmaps.
  • Identification of required capabilities, facilities and infrastructure.
Roadmapping Approach

Each of the 13 roadmaps will be developed by a national committee, made up of members from the Government (including NASA), industry, and the academic scientific community.

Advanced Planning and Integration Office Role

NASA's recently created Advanced Planning and Integration Office (APIO) is working with the Mission Directorates to establish the committees, to coordinate activities and provide needed support. In addition, APIO is responsible for integrating the various roadmaps into a cohesive NASA architecture.

Click here to see the roadmap committees.

Click here to see the roadmap schedule.

National Research Council Report (.pdf)
The National Research Council (NRC), at NASA's request, is conducting a thorough review of the science that the agency is proposing to pursue under the space exploration initiative and to develop a strategy by which all of NASA's science disciplines can make adequate progress towards their established goals. The initial report, "Science in NASA's Vision for Space Exploration," presents guiding principles for selecting science missions that enhance and support the exploration program. The report also presents findings and recommendations to help guide NASA s space exploration strategic planning activity. Separate NRC reviews will be carried out of strategic roadmaps that NASA is developing to implement the policy.