National Security Space Launch Report
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA
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On January 20, 2004, Congress in House Resolution 4200 directed the Secretary of Defense to establish a panel of experts with extensive space launch and operations background to address the future National Security Space NSS launch requirements and the means of meeting those requirements. The Department of Defense Do selected the RAND Corporation to facilitate and support this panel in its deliberations between May 2005 and May 2006. After a comprehensive review and assessment of the future NSS launch requirements, the National Security Space Launch Requirements Panel concluded that the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle EELV program can satisfy all known and projected NSS requirements through 2020. The yearlong fact finding and analysis between May 2005 and May 2006 of this Panel derived many findings on NSS requirements and the means of satisfying them. We introduce them here. A more complete account of the Panels findings and judgments is found in the body of this report, and, accordingly, a study of the entire document is recommended.
- Military Intelligence
- Unmanned Spacecraft