The program management and implementation methodology; and
The overall capabilities of the research team.
The committee will not make budget recommendations.
The committee will meet as required during the study to receive technical presentations about the projects under review by their group and formulate final findings and recommendations. Committee members will also make site visits as deemed necessary in formulating the assessment. Meetings will involve interactive discussions with NASA personnel from the programs. The committee may use NASA’s Global Exploration Strategy, which establishes themes and objectives for lunar exploration and was presented at the 2nd Space Exploration Conference in Houston, Texas, in December, 2006; the reference architecture for lunar missions developed by the Lunar Architecture Team of the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD); and the Constellation Systems Program’s Technology Priorities documents that identify the critical technologies needed to enable the design of flight systems such as the Orion crew exploration vehicle, the Ares launch vehicle, and the Lunar Lander.
The final report will be provided no later than twelve months from the contract award. The NRC will provide a letter to the ESMD Associate Administrator that summarizes significant interim findings of the committee no later than seven months from contract award. The committee chair(s) will also provide an oral briefing to NASA on significant interim findings.