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A Space Physics Paradox: Why Has Increased Funding Been by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Division on Earth and Life Studies, Space Studies Board, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate, Committee on Solar-Terrestrial Research

Committee on Solar-Terrestrial learn, Board on Atmospheric Sciences and weather, area reviews Board, department on the earth and existence stories, department on Engineering and actual Sciences, nationwide learn Council

This booklet investigates and analyzes numerous nerve-racking tendencies in govt aid for area physics study during the last decade. The authors establish investment and administration difficulties that thwart rate potency inside this self-discipline, and recommend attainable recommendations. the amount additionally has broader implications for somebody engaged in examine or within the investment and organizing of area physics learn.

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2 These data were made available by the NASA Advisory Council University Relations Task Force (Steven Muller, Chair). About this PDF file: This new digital representation of the original work has been recomposed from XML files created from the original paper book, not from the original typesetting files. Page breaks are true to the original; line lengths, word breaks, heading styles, and other typesetting-specific formatting, however, cannot be retained, and some typographic errors may have been accidentally inserted.

1 Space-physics-related Explorer launch history: number of launches and satellite mass. 1a shows the number of Explorer launches from 1958 to the present, along with projected launches for programs approved through 1997 (projected launch times should be considered uncertain). The data show a clear and continuing decrease in space-physics-related launches since the 1960s. However, we are not able to conclude from this result alone that the number of research opportunities has decreased. If, for example, satellites increased in size and thus carried more experiments, the number of actual research opportunities (as measured by experiments flown) may not have decreased.

The prelaunch phase is taken to begin with an Announcement of Opportunity (AO) that solicits proposals for scientific instruments to be carried on the satellite.

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