I would like to thank the U.S. government sponsors of this study: Paul Herer, and Steve Goldstein of the National Science Foundation, and Ramon De Paula of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. We are very much indebted to our panel chairs, Joseph Pelton, and Alfred Mac Rae, for their dedication and leadership over the course of the study, and to the Executive Board and members of the Editorial Review Board for their comments and support. All of the panelists are due great credit for their invaluable contributions of time and intellect to this project. Although the study was certainly a group effort, individual study team members were responsible for specific chapters and devoted much time and energy to make these a success. Authors and their specific contributions to the various chapters are detailed below. Thanks also to William Ivancic of the NASA Lewis Research Center, who contributed to the onboard processing section of Chapter Three, and Prakash Chitre of COMSAT Laboratories, who contributed to the TCP/IP section of Chapter Four. It was both an honor and pleasure to work with such an illustrious and affable group. Finally, we are extremely grateful to all of our hosts and correspondents around the world who took the time to share their work with us, as well as their insights and vision of the future of this exciting field.


Geoffrey M. Holdridge
WTEC Division Director and ITRI Series Editor

Published: December 1998; WTEC Hyper-Librarian