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15 February 2013
Following the workshop, the Marshall organizing group met with the Technical Area Experts team to assess presentations and combine similar concepts into packages. These candidates for follow-on design center studies have been forwarded to Headquarters for next step guidance. No further information is available regarding design center decisions pending the outcome of these Headquarters consultations.
4 March 2013
Following the Study on Applications of Large Space Optics (SALSO) workshop in Huntsville, Alabama in early February, meeting organizers met with an expert technical review team to assemble a portfolio of concepts that would reflect the diversity of mission concept candidates that had been briefed. The result was the following set of seven general concepts, some derived from a single presentation and others from a synthesis of several closely related ones:
- Mars Orbiting Telescope
- Geospace Dynamics Observatory
- Optical Communications Node in Space
- Space Station Thermosphere Observatory
- Ultraviolet-Visible Telescope
- Exoplanet Observatory
- Faint Object Explorer
In order to determine the appropriate next steps for the SALSO study, its solicitation and consolidation process and the scientific and technology highlights of these concepts were briefed to senior NASA Agency and Mission Directorate leaders at the end of February. Participants in the discussion were favorably impressed with the variety and quality of the submissions. The meeting established that the next step in assessing these potential applications for the space optics should be considered in conjunction with evolving Agency budgets and priorities and the results of the Science Definition Team for the Astrophysics Focused Telescope Assets (AFTA) study, currently in progress. Completion and release of the AFTA study report are planned for late April or early May. In the meantime, possible detailed follow-on design studies of a subset of the SALSO concepts will be deferred until this integrated assessment can be carried out.