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Preliminary cost model for space telescopes
Author(s): H. Philip Stahl; Frank A. Prince; Christian Smart; Kyle Stephens; Todd Henrichs
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Paper Abstract

Parametric cost models are routinely used to plan missions, compare concepts and justify technology investments. However, great care is required. Some space telescope cost models, such as those based only on mass, lack sufficient detail to support such analysis and may lead to inaccurate conclusions. Similarly, using ground based telescope models which include the dome cost will also lead to inaccurate conclusions. This paper reviews current and historical models. Then, based on data from 22 different NASA space telescopes, this paper tests those models and presents preliminary analysis of single- and multi-variable space telescope cost models.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 August 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7436, UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV, 743602 (26 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.826750
Show Author Affiliations
H. Philip Stahl, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Frank A. Prince, NASA Marshall Space Flight Ctr. (United States)
Christian Smart, SAIC (United States)
Kyle Stephens, College of Optical Sciences, Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Todd Henrichs, Middle Tennessee State Univ. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7436:
UV/Optical/IR Space Telescopes: Innovative Technologies and Concepts IV
Howard A. MacEwen; James B. Breckinridge, Editor(s)

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