Common Exploration Plan will be Slow in the Making
The worldâ€™s principal space-faring nations, which have spent the past three years talking about a common exploration strategy, are committed to producing, by June, a document setting out specific measures to enable an international program to take shape, space agency representatives said Sept. 30.
Addressing the 61st International Astronautical Congress here, members of the 14-agency International Space Exploration Coordinating Group (ISECG) reported little concrete results from their three yearsâ€™ labors.
They stressed that the mere fact the space agencies of the United States, China, Russia, India, Europe, Japan, South Korea and others are able to talk about exploration strategy with a view to coordinating efforts should be seen as a signal achievement.
In one of the few specific examples of what the groupâ€™s work could do, a Canadian official said the ISECG roadmap for a lunar-exploration program was used to shape the Canadian governmentâ€™s recent decision to invest some $100 million over three years with a focus on robotic technologies.
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