The NASA Space Program Term Paper by Nicky

A look at the importance of investment in space exploration and programs.
# 150050 | 1,559 words | 13 sources | MLA | 2012 | US
Published on Jan 23, 2012 in Astronomy (General)

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This paper discusses how the many contributions of the space program over the last five decades have revolutionized the United States, balanced global powers and kept America at the forefront of economic growth. The intent of this paper is to discuss why America needs to aggressively invest in space exploration and programs. The paper further examines how from the many innovations from Apollo alone and the period of unprecedented economic growth that was attained, one can see that there is a strong return on investment in space programs for the U.S.

Apollo Program Contributions
Space Shuttle Innovations
Space Station: Global Collaboration Can Work

From the Paper:

"Apollo programs progressed from the use of large, quadrille pads that lined the expansive halls of prime contractors Lockheed, Martin Marietta, McDonnell Douglas, Northrop and others (Pruitt, 33, 34) to the use of software-based constraint systems that could optimize development schedules on costing, deadlines, dependencies of subcontractors. The lessons learned from the Apollo program in project management is today also being used in complex design analysis and constraint modeling for transportation systems (NASA Innovation Analysis, 76). As is true of many of the process-based technological innovations from the space program, fundamental project management lessons learned were quickly transferred to the private sector programs for commercial aircraft. The generational jump and cost efficiency of Boeing over French competitor Airbus today can be attributed to the contributions of project management as an innovation process, as can the field of systems engineering. "

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