By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Air Force Science and Technology Board, Committee on the National Aerospace Initiative
The nationwide Aerospace Initiative (NAI) was once conceived as a joint attempt among the dept of protection (DOD) and the nationwide Aeronautics and house management (NASA) to maintain the aerospace management of the us in the course of the acceleration of chosen aerospace applied sciences: hypersonic flight, entry to area, and area applied sciences. The Air strength turned eager about the NAI's attainable effects on Air strength courses and funds if NAI software judgements differed from Air strength priorities. to ascertain this factor, it requested the NRC for an autonomous evaluation of the NAI. This record provides the result of that evaluation. It specializes in 3 questions requested via the Air strength: is NAI technically possible within the timeframe laid out; is it financially possible over that interval; and is it operationally proper.
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Evaluation Of The National Aerospace Initiative by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Air Force Science and Technology Board, Committee on the National Aerospace Initiative