Chris Rink
757-864-6786, 757-344-7711
NASA Talk: What's Next for Solar System Exploration
HAMPTON, Va. -- There are plans at NASA to boldly go where no human as gone before, how to get there, and who will help make it happen.

At 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 13, at NASA Langley Research Center's Reid Conference Center here, Patrick Troutman, the lead for human exploration architecture integration for the NASA Human Spaceflight Architecture Team (HAT), will present "Exploration Design Reference Missions," a current snapshot of NASA designs for human exploration of the solar system.

Troutman will be available to answer questions from the media during a news briefing at 1:15 p.m. that day. Media who wish to attend should contact Chris Rink at 757-864-6786, or by e-mail at, by noon on the day of the talk for credentials and entry to the center.

The talk will include some of the latest thinking about destinations humans will explore, the partnerships that could enable those missions, and the systems and technologies that will make it possible. The Design Reference Missions were developed over the last nine months by the HAT team and the International Space Exploration Coordination Group.

Troutman is a 1984 graduate from the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University with a bachelor of science degree in aerospace and oceanographic engineering, and with a minor in computer science. Since then, he has worked at NASA Langley developing and using analytic methods to support space system studies. He has led several International Space Station redesign and risk reduction efforts, and led studies related to future space exploration including managing the NASA Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts program. Troutman is NASA Langley's lead for human exploration strategic analysis.

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