What is the Future In-Space Operations Working Group (FISOWG)?
The Future In-Space Operations Working Group (FISOWG) of scientists and engineers is led by Dr. Harley Thronson, Associate Director for Advanced Concepts and Planning in Astrophysics at NASAŐs Goddard Space Flight Center. Now a more informal group, it is made up of senior engineers inside and outside NASA, scientists at NASA Centers and academia, and individuals active in space policy.
The FISOWG was originally chartered by NASAŐs Science Mission Directorate in mid-2005 originally to develop concepts and identify key technologies to enable the major goals of the 2004 Vision for Space Exploration via input to the NASA Exploration Systems Architecture Study (ESAS). The working group agreed with the earlier Decade Planning Team (http://history.nasa.gov/DPT/DPT.htm) that sustaining a relatively small number of priority technology capabilities was essential to long-term human exploration beyond the immediate vicinity of the Earth. From the beginning, the working group concentrated on building on the opportunities offered by the ISS to develop subsequent long-duration, highly capable habitats beyond LEO.
The concentration of NASAŐs human space flight concept development has been on surface operations in space (Moon, Mars, etc.). In contrast, the FISOWG aims at operations in free space that can benefit both science and human space exploration, including activities taking place on surfaces: for example, depot systems, assembly and upgrade of large scientific facilities, operation of surface robots from orbit.
Presentations, papers, visualizations, and graphics produces by the FISOWG and collaborators were archived here -- http://www.futureinspaceoperations.com/ , when Jack Frassanito ran the site for us. But heŐs retired as of a few months ago, and he seems to have let the site go. But do go there to help with physical attractiveness! Except itŐs not our advice anymore. Keith Cowing seems to like it, though É
For more than four years, the FISOWG has organized telecons in which experts in the field discuss issues of relevance to FISO. The public archive of their presentations is here -- http://spirit.as.utexas.edu/~fiso/archivelist.htm . The content of these FISOWG telecon presentations are considered the intellectual property of the person who gave that presentation.
If you have questions about the FISOWG, or its efforts, please contact
Associate Director for Advanced Concepts and Planning
Department of Astronomy
University of Texas