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Class D management implementation approach of the first orbital mission of the Earth Venture series
Author(s): James E. Wells; John Scherrer; Richard Law; Chris Bonniksen
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Paper Abstract

A key element of the National Research Council’s Earth Science and Applications Decadal Survey called for the creation of the Venture Class line of low-cost research and application missions within NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration). One key component of the architecture chosen by NASA within the Earth Venture line is a series of self-contained stand-alone spaceflight science missions called “EV-Mission”. The first mission chosen for this competitively selected, cost and schedule capped, Principal Investigator-led opportunity is the CYclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS).

As specified in the defining Announcement of Opportunity, the Principal Investigator is held responsible for successfully achieving the science objectives of the selected mission and the management approach that he/she chooses to obtain those results has a significant amount of freedom as long as it meets the intent of key NASA guidance like NPR 7120.5 and 7123. CYGNSS is classified under NPR 7120.5E guidance as a Category 3 (low priority, low cost) mission and carries a Class D risk classification (low priority, high risk) per NPR 8705.4. As defined in the NPR guidance, Class D risk classification allows for a relatively broad range of implementation strategies. The management approach that will be utilized on CYGNSS is a streamlined implementation that starts with a higher risk tolerance posture at NASA and that philosophy flows all the way down to the individual part level.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 September 2013
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 8866, Earth Observing Systems XVIII, 88660C (23 September 2013); doi: 10.1117/12.2024298
Show Author Affiliations
James E. Wells, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
John Scherrer, Southwest Research Institute (United States)
Richard Law, NASA Langley Research Ctr. (United States)
Chris Bonniksen, NASA Headquarters (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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