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IPSAG Telecon April 21, 2011. Shaul Hanany. Agenda. Greetings ( 5 minutes) Background for IPSAG and connection to PhysPAG and APS (Shaul Hanany, 10 minutes) View from NASA HQ (Rita Sambruna , 5 minutes)

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Ipsag telecon april 21 2011

IPSAG TeleconApril 21, 2011

Shaul Hanany


  • Greetings ( 5 minutes)

  • Background for IPSAG and connection to PhysPAG and APS (Shaul Hanany, 10 minutes)

  • View from NASA HQ (Rita Sambruna, 5 minutes)

  • PCOS Advanced Concepts and Technology Office (Jean Cottam + Jackie Townsend, 10 minutes)

  • Summary of pre-decadal activities + view forward (Bock, 10 minutes)

  • Discussion (20 minutes)

  • Summary of discussion + Actions (5 minutes)

Background within nasa
Background: Within NASA

NASA Advisory Council

Science Committee

Human Exploration


… more …

Astrophysics Subcommittee

Earth Science Subcommittee

Heliophysics Subcommittee

Planetary Sci. Subcommittee

Planetary Prot. Subcommittee

Physics of the Cosmos PAG1


Cosmic Origins PAG1

(CORPAG; Martin, CalTech)

Exoplanet PAG1

(EXOPAG; Kastings, Penn S.)

Inflation Probe


Technology Roadmapping


1 PAG = Program Analysis Group

2 SAG = Science Analysis Group

Background pags and sags
Background: PAGs and SAGs

  • PAGs: Provide technical analyses on specific topics to APS

  • PhysPAG:

    Steve Ritz (Chair) - University of California, Santa CruzJason Rhodes - Jet Propulsion LaboratoryShaul Hanany - University of MinnesotaRoger Brissenden - Harvard-Smithsonian Center for AstrophysicsLiz Hays - NASA Goddard Space Flight CenterGuido Mueller - University of FloridaRita Sambruna (Executive Secretary, Ex-Officio) - NASA HQJean Cottam (PCOS Program Office, Ex-Officio) - NASA GSFC


  • PhysPAG meeting at American Physical Society (Annaheim), Sunday May 1, 9 am – 2 pm

Background pags and sags1
Background: PAGs and SAGs

  • SAGs and IPSAG: Facilitate the work of the PAGs

    • Input on issues related to Inflation Probe

    • Input request can originate by APS, or PAG, or recommendation for action can originate from SAG

    • IPSAG: continuation of PPPDT, which organized the activities of the CMB community prior to decadal panel.

    • http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/sags/ipsag.php

Ipsag statement of task
IPSAG Statement of Task

  • Review and update mission science goals following current developments in the field (e.g. Planck, sub-orbital measurements),

  • Review and update information about and requirements on potential foreground contaminants and their removal,

  • Review and update requirements on and developments in control of systematic errors,

  • Assess necessary technology developments and prioritize areas for increased technical emphasis.

  • The IPSAG work will build upon pre-New Worlds and New Horizons community and agency investments as summarized by reports from NASA’s 2009 Strategic Mission Concept Study and white papers submitted to NWNH.

    The IPSAG (http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/ipsag.php)is established under the auspices of NASA’s Physics of the Cosmos Program Analysis Group (PhysPAG;http://pcos.gsfc.nasa.gov/physpag.php), which reports to the Astrophysics Subcommittee.

    Tasks of the IPSAG include:

  • Updating baseline mission parameters;

  • Providing reports to the PhysPAG, to NASA’s Astrophysics Subcommittee, and to other relevant committees;

  • Maintaining contacts with European colleagues.

    A member of the PhysPAG will serve as the liaison with the IPSAG.

Hanany, January 2011

Status in europe
Status in Europe

  • Cosmic Origin Explorer (CORE) proposed to ESA as M-class (December 2010)

  • ~$180M in US participation over next ~10 years

  • Proposal ranked high on science

  • Not selected for Phase A study for cost and feasibility reasons