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Mark V. Sykes

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UPDATE: DISCUSSION AT NRC PANEL REVIEWING PROGRESS TOWARD IMPLEMENTING PLANETARY DECADAL RECOMMENDATIONS (11/29/17) (Go to http://sites.nationalacademies.org/ssb/currentprojects/ssb_177619 for agenda and presentations)

Summary of MVS Analysis
NASA Response to 9/19/17 MVS Analysis with MVS comments imbedded (this is only a portion from a larger presentation by R. Kellogg, Aerospace Corp., which is posted at the URL above).

NASA says that in the May presentation to the panel by Jim Green, R&A was defined as competed research and technology programs. In the above presentation, R&A now seems to be all programs falling within a NASA planetary budget line that has the word "Research" in the title. This would include Science Enabling Research Activities at NASA Centers, Outer Planets Flagship Funding, LPI Support, and much more). Both NASA definitions are at significant variance with how R&A is defined in the decadal survey (page S-14).

ANALYSIS OF NASA PSD COMPLIANCE WITH DECADAL SURVEY RECOMMENDATIONS FOR RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS FUNDING (9/19/17)

Conclusion: The decadal recommendation has not been met and that the R&A programs was underfunded by $92.4M from FY13 through FY16.

Overview (pdf)
Budget data and calculations (xls)






FY13 PSD BUDGET HISTORY - THE FINAL OP PLAN

Report (pdf) (9/25/2013)

CONTINUING ANALYSIS OF NASA PSD RESEARCH AND ANALYIS PROGRAMS

Updated PSD R&A Selection Statistics (xlsx) (compiled from SARA, 9/17/2013)
Why Proposal Selection Rates are Low Overall (9/19/13) (ppt)


FY13 NASA OPERATING PLAN CONTROVERSY

PLANETARY EXPLORATION NEWSLETTER SPECIAL REPORT AND ANALYSIS: NASA Operating Plan for FY2013 to Target Planetary Overall, Cuts Research and Competed Missions


Letters to Senate and House CJS Subcommittee Chairs and Ranking Members (5/19/13) Letters to the Arizona Delegation (5/19/13) Letters to NASA (5/19/13)


Report on R&A Programs to NRC Space Studies Board Committee on Astrobiology & Planetary Science (CAPS), January 23, 2013 (pdf)
UPDATE 12/30/12 - R&A Budget History by Program Element, FY 2003-2013 (xlsx)
Community Responses to Historically Low Selection Rates by NASA Planetary R&A Programs (Collected by M.V. Sykes, Updated December 23, 2012) (pdf)


NASA Planetary Science Division Research and Analysis Programs - An Assessment (December 9, 2012 - AS AMENDED December 15, 2012) (pdf)
R&A Budget History by Program Element, FY 2003-2013 (xlsx)
PSD Research and Analysis Program Grant Statistics, ROSES 2003-2011 (xlsx)




Obama speech commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Kennedy Moon speech at Rice University, September 12, 1962 (Fiction, September 8, 2012)

Flat-funding NASA Planetary Science at the FY12 Level ($1501.4M) at a Minimum, Allows Most Decadal Recommendations to be Implemented, and Offers a Path for Restoring Mars Exploration (April 6, 2012)

Impact of Delays in Selection and Funding of Research and Data Analysis Program Awards (March 31, 2012)

Restoring the NASA Mars Program (PSI, March 16, 2012)

Talking Points: The President's FY13 Budget Proposal for NASA, Its Impact on Solar System Exploration, and the Corrective Actions that are Needed (PSI, March 5, 2012)

Background Courtesy NASA/JPL/Caltech.