COLORADO SPRINGS — The advisory group of the National Space Council wants to take on a role evaluating NASA’s plans to return humans to the moon by 2024, once those plans are developed.
During a meeting of the National Space Council’s User’s Advisory Group (UAG) meeting here April 8 during the 35th Space Symposium, members supported, but did not formally approve, a proposal to establish a task force that could serve as a “red team” to review NASA’s new exploration plans.
That proposal was put forward by Lester Lyles, the retired Air Force general who serves as chairman of the group’s exploration and discovery subcommittee. The task force, he said, would consist of UAG members or subject matter experts they would designate, and could also consider “external assessments, advice or inputs” to support their evaluation.
The goal of the task force, he said, would be to serve as a “value-added red team before a revised architecture by NASA is finalized.” That work, though, would not begin until NASA drafted at least an initial version of its revised plans, which remain under development.
The group was already interested in ways to accelerate NASA’s plans prior to the March 26 speech ...