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Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems

Tradespace investigation of strategic design factors for large space telescopes
Author(s): Brandon Karlow; Christopher M. Jewison; David Sternberg; Sherrie Hall; Alessandro Golkar
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Paper Abstract

Future large telescope arrays require careful balancing of satisfaction across the stakeholders’ community. Development programs usually cannot afford to explicitly address all stakeholder tradeoffs during the conceptual design stage, but rather confine the analysis to performance, cost, and schedule discussions, treating policy and budget as constraints defining the envelope of the investigation. Thus, it is of interest to develop an integrated stakeholder analysis approach to explicitly address the impact of all stakeholder interactions on the design of large telescope arrays to address future science and exploration needs. This paper offers a quantitative approach for modeling some of the stakeholder influences relevant to large telescope array designs—the linkages between a given mission and the wider NASA community. The main goal of the analysis is to explore the tradespace of large telescope designs and understand the effects of different design decisions in the stakeholders’ network. Proposed architectures that offer benefits to existing constellations of systems, institutions, and mission plans are expected to yield political and engineering benefits for NASA stakeholders’ wider objectives. If such synergistic architectures are privileged in subsequent analysis, regions of the tradespace that better meet the needs of the wider NASA community can be selected for further development.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 April 2015
PDF: 22 pages
J. Astron. Telesc. Instrum. Syst. 1(2) 027003 doi: 10.1117/1.JATIS.1.2.027003
Published in: Journal of Astronomical Telescopes, Instruments, and Systems Volume 1, Issue 2
Show Author Affiliations
Brandon Karlow, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Draper Lab. (United States)
Christopher M. Jewison, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
David Sternberg, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Sherrie Hall, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Alessandro Golkar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (United States)
Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Russia)

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