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Operational Test Considerations For Low Quantity Satellite Systems
Author(s): R. K. Chadbourne
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Paper Abstract

This paper discusses the unique considerations of operational test and evaluation for low quantity satellite systems. Traditionally, operational test and evaluation has been on large quanitity systems (e.g., aircraft, missiles, munitions, etc.) where preproduction test articles were available strictly for the test and evaluation. In most cases, this operational test and evaluation supported a production decision. However, in the case of low quantity satellite systems, there are no satellites available strictly for operational test and evaluation. Moreover, in many cases the production decision has been made prior to the operational test and evaluation. With these differences in mind, the Air Force and contractors must cooperate to achieve the goal of the best possible satellite system "in the field" in the least amount of time for the least cost. By appropriate planning and early operational test and evaluation involvement in a satellite program, the Air Force and contractors can achieve this goal.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 January 1984
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0430, Infrared Technology IX, (19 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.936388
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R. K. Chadbourne, Air Force Operational Test and Evaluation Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0430:
Infrared Technology IX
Richard A. Mollicone; Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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