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System engineering and management in a large and diverse multinational consortium
Author(s): David Wright; Brian O'Sullivan; John Thatcher; Ian Renouf; Gillian Wright; Martyn Wells; Alistair Glasse; Ulrich Grozinger; Jon Sykes; Dave Smith; Paul Eccleston; Bryan Shaughnessy
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Paper Abstract

This paper elaborates the system engineering methods that are being successfully employed within the European Consortium (EC) to deliver the Optical System of the Mid Infa-Red Instrument (MIRI) to the James Webb Space Telescope (JWST). The EC is a Consortium of 21 institutes located in 10 European countries and, at instrument level, it works in a 50/50 partnership with JPL who are providing the instrument cooler, software and detector systems. The paper will describe how the system engineering approach has been based upon proven principles used in the space industry but applied in a tailored way that best accommodates the differences in international practices and standards with a primary aim of ensuring a cost-effective solution which supports all science requirements for the mission. The paper will recall how the system engineering has been managed from the definition of the system requirements in early phase B, through the successful Critical Design Review at the end of phase C and up to the test and flight build activities that are presently in progress. Communication and coordination approaches will also be discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 16 July 2008
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7017, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III, 701708 (16 July 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.787806
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David Wright, Astrium, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Brian O'Sullivan, Astrium, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
John Thatcher, Astrium, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Ian Renouf, Astrium, Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Gillian Wright, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Martyn Wells, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Alistair Glasse, UK Astronomy Technology Ctr., Royal Observatory (United Kingdom)
Ulrich Grozinger, Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie (Germany)
Jon Sykes, Univ. of Leicester (United Kingdom)
Dave Smith, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Paul Eccleston, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)
Bryan Shaughnessy, Rutherford Appleton Lab. (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7017:
Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy III
George Z. Angeli; Martin J. Cullum, Editor(s)

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