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Safe and Cost-effective Space Operations in an Era of International Cooperation and Commercialization

Paul Hill, NASA Johnson Space Center"s director of mission operations, will describe a nontraditional partnership between a government agency and the private sector using NASA"s Mission Control as the model. Several recent events have led to an effort to increase international cooperation in space and to further develop commercial access to human low-Earth orbit. There are both cost and technical drivers to these efforts. Hill"s approach emphasizes win-win solutions that provide cost-effective support from existing government space program elements, in critical technical areas with limited experience outside of the government program. Hill will describe the national asset that is Mission Control"s infrastructure: flight operations culture, cost history and innovations. He will propose a method to leverage those unique strengths for increased mission assurance in any human spaceflight program, whether government or commercial; defer new infrastructure investment; and preserve the critical skills needed for exploration outside of Earth orbit.

Speaker George Abbey

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Wed, Dec. 15, 2010
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
(GMT-0500) America/Chicago


Rice University's Baker Institute