Accession Number : AD1010607

Title :   Department of Defense Space Science and Technology Strategy 2015

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Office of the Secretary of Defense Washington United States

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Report Date : 01 Jan 2015

Pagination or Media Count : 49

Abstract : This report updates the 2013 Department of Defense (DoD) Space Science and Technology (S and T) Strategy. DoD space S and T organizations collaborate with and leverage the space S and T efforts performed by the Intelligence Community, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Energy, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the commercial space industry and, as appropriate, Allied and friendly nations. Significant accomplishments since the publication of the last report include new flexible solar cells at 34% efficiency enabling higher power spacecraft capability. These solar cells developed by the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) are currently funded under MANTECH to transition in 2017. In addition, AFRLs Automated Navigation and Guidance Experiment for Local Space (ANGELS) satellite was launched in 2014. ANGELS hosts a sensor payload to evaluate techniques for detection, tracking and characterization of space objects, as well as attributions of actions in space. Other success stories include the Hydrocarbon Boost demonstration that is developing domestic technologies for future medium-to-heavy lift launch systems. Also, AFRLs non-toxic monopropellant for spacecraft will be demonstrated in NASAs Green Propellant Infusion Mission in 2016. This update of the DoD Space S and T Strategy was prepared with the assistance of the Reliance 21 Space S and T Community of Interest, a forum for sharing new ideas, technical directions and technology opportunities, jointly planning programs, measuring technical progress, and exchanging advances in space S and T. DoD undertook a detailed review of critical future needs in multiple domains during the 2014 Strategic Portfolio Review. The decisions impacting the DoD Space S and T portfolio will be reflected in the next strategy update.

Descriptors :   Department of Defense , Space sciences , space technology , strategy , intelligence , national security , solar cells , Hydrocarbons , launching , Satellite Communications , Antimissile defense systems , surveillance , reconnaissance , monitoring , Command and control systems , prototypes , planning , costs , budgets , infrastructure , space systems , space situational awareness , artificial satellites

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE