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Management approach for NASA's Earth Venture-1 (EV-1) airborne science investigations
Author(s): Anthony R. Guillory; Todd C. Denkins; B. Danette Allen
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Paper Abstract

The Earth System Science Pathfinder (ESSP) Program Office (PO) is responsible for programmatic management of National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Science Mission Directorate’s (SMD) Earth Venture (EV) missions. EV is composed of both orbital and suborbital Earth science missions. The first of the Earth Venture missions is EV-1, which are Principal Investigator-led, temporally-sustained, suborbital (airborne) science investigations costcapped at $30M each over five years. Traditional orbital procedures, processes and standards used to manage previous ESSP missions, while effective, are disproportionally comprehensive for suborbital missions. Conversely, existing airborne practices are primarily intended for smaller, temporally shorter investigations, and traditionally managed directly by a program scientist as opposed to a program office such as ESSP. In 2010, ESSP crafted a management approach for the successful implementation of the EV-1 missions within the constructs of current governance models. NASA Research and Technology Program and Project Management Requirements form the foundation of the approach for EV-1. Additionally, requirements from other existing NASA Procedural Requirements (NPRs), systems engineering guidance and management handbooks were adapted to manage programmatic, technical, schedule, cost elements and risk. As the EV-1 missions are nearly at the end of their successful execution and project lifecycle and the submission deadline of the next mission proposals near, the ESSP PO is taking the lessons learned and updated the programmatic management approach for all future Earth Venture Suborbital (EVS) missions for an even more flexible and streamlined management approach.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2013
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 8866, Earth Observing Systems XVIII, 88660B (23 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024181
Show Author Affiliations
Anthony R. Guillory, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Todd C. Denkins, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
B. Danette Allen, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8866:
Earth Observing Systems XVIII
James J. Butler; Xiaoxiong (Jack) Xiong; Xingfa Gu, Editor(s)

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