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Management of the camera electronics programme for the World Space Observatory ultraviolet WUVS instrument
Author(s): Gayatri Patel; Matthew Clapp; Mike Salter; Nick Waltham; Sarah Beardsley
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Paper Abstract

World Space Observatory Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) is a major international collaboration led by Russia and will study the universe at ultraviolet wavelengths between 115 nm and 320 nm. The WSO Ultraviolet Spectrograph (WUVS) subsystem is led by a consortium of Russian institutes and consists of three spectrographs.

RAL Space is contracted by e2v technologies Ltd to provide the CCD readout electronics for each of the three WUVS channels. The programme involves the design, manufacturing, assembly and testing of each Camera Electronics Box (CEB), its associated Interconnection Module (ICM), Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) and harness.

An overview of the programme will be presented, from the initial design phase culminating in the development of an Engineering Model (EM) through qualification whereby an Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) will undergo environmental testing to characterize the performance of the CEB against the space environment, to the delivery of the Flight Models (FMs). The paper will discuss the challenges faced managing a large, dynamic project. This includes managing significant changes in fundamental requirements mid-programme as a result of external political issues which forced a complete re-design of an existing CEB with extensive space heritage but containing many ITAR controlled electronic components to a new, more efficient solution, free of ITAR controlled parts. The methodology and processes used to ensure the demanding schedule is maintained through each stage of the project will be presented including an insight into planning, decision-making, communication, risk management, and resource management; all essential to the continued success of the programme.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 2016
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 99110Q (8 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232575
Show Author Affiliations
Gayatri Patel, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Matthew Clapp, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Mike Salter, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Nick Waltham, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Sarah Beardsley, STFC Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9911:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI
George Z. Angeli; Philippe Dierickx, Editor(s)

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