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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Single-variable parametric cost models for space telescopes
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Kyle R. Stephens; Todd Henrichs; Christian Smart; Frank A. Prince

Paper Abstract

Parametric cost models are routinely used to plan missions, compare concepts, and justify technology investments. Unfortunately, there is no definitive space telescope cost model. For example, historical cost estimating relationships (CERs) based on primary mirror diameter vary by an order of magnitude. We present new single-variable cost models for space telescope optical telescope assembly (OTA). They are based on data collected from 30 different space telescope missions. Standard statistical methods are used to derive CERs for OTA cost versus aperture diameter and mass. The results are compared with previously published models

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 July 2010
PDF: 13 pages
Opt. Eng. 49(7) 073006 doi: 10.1117/1.3456582
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 49, Issue 7
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Kyle R. Stephens, College of Optical Sciences, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Todd Henrichs, Middle Tennessee State Univ. (United States)
Christian Smart, SAIC (United States)
Frank A. Prince, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)

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