facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

NASA mulls merging operational divisions

Dec. 30, 2010 at 7:01 PM   |   Comments

WASHINGTON, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- NASA says it is considering merging its space operations and human spaceflight mission directorates to better reach its manned spaceflight goals.

The heads of NASA's Exploration Systems and Space Operations directorates said they had been asked by NASA Administrator Charles Bolden to formulate a plan, to be submitted by early 2011, for combining the two organizations, SPACE.com reported Thursday.

"With the upcoming retirement of the Space Shuttle and the likely transition away from the Constellation Program, planning is under way … to create a new directorate to manage the integrated human spaceflight portfolio for the Agency," Doug Cooke and Bill Gerstenmaier wrote in a Dec. 20 memorandum to agency employees.

Cooke is the administrator for NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate and Gerstenmaier hold the same position in the Space Operations Mission Directorate.

Plans will be submitted for the best organizational structure consistent with the goals outlined in the NASA Authorization Act of 2010, their memo said.

"Such a new organization would manage the International Space Station, Commercial Crew and Cargo, Space Launch System and Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle Programs, among others currently existing within the two directorates," the memo said.

Topics: Doug Cooke
© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Android phones to join iPhone in saying no to the police Android phones to join iPhone in saying no to the police
2
Perth's first iPhone buyer immediately drops brand new phone on live TV Perth's first iPhone buyer immediately drops brand new phone on live TV
3
Report: Facebook Messenger app is loaded with spyware Report: Facebook Messenger app is loaded with spyware
4
Next-generation space suits will be like second skin Next-generation space suits will be like second skin
5
Ship sunk off coast of Texas to create artificial reef Ship sunk off coast of Texas to create artificial reef
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback