Boosting Access to Government Rocket Science
DEFENSE ACQUISITION UNIV FT BELVOIR VA
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Retirement of the Space Shuttle and Constellation programs has created significant ripple effects in Department of Defense DoD missile and rocket acquisition. Notably, the decline in propulsion system skills and capabilities has led to a decrease in technology advances. This is exemplified by DoDs reliance on Russia for Atlas V rocket engines to launch military payloads. Enter the Defense Acquisition University DAU and its Mission Assistance for the National Institute for Rocket Propulsion Systems NIRPS. DAUs South Region led a study for NIRPS, a joint DoD-NASA virtual organization, to assess issues relating to the propulsion industrial base. The results include an innovative framework for developing flexible, yet binding, agreements that promote commercial access to government resources.
- Rocket Engines