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Satellite-instrument system engineering best practices and lessons
Author(s): Carl F. Schueler
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Paper Abstract

This paper focuses on system engineering development issues driving satellite remote sensing instrumentation cost and schedule. A key best practice is early assessment of mission and instrumentation requirements priorities driving performance trades among major instrumentation measurements: Radiometry, spatial field of view and image quality, and spectral performance. Key lessons include attention to technology availability and applicability to prioritized requirements, care in applying heritage, approaching fixed-price and cost-plus contracts with appropriate attention to risk, and assessing design options with attention to customer preference as well as design performance, and development cost and schedule. A key element of success either in contract competition or execution is team experience. Perhaps the most crucial aspect of success, however, is thorough requirements analysis and flowdown to specifications driving design performance with sufficient parameter margin to allow for mistakes or oversights - the province of system engineering from design inception to development, test and delivery.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 August 2009
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7458, Remote Sensing System Engineering II, 745807 (12 August 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.829262
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Carl F. Schueler, Orbital Sciences Corp. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7458:
Remote Sensing System Engineering II
Philip E. Ardanuy; Jeffery J. Puschell, Editor(s)

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