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A comparison of operation models and management strategies for the Spitzer Space Telescope and the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array
Author(s): Suzanne R. Dodd
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The Spitzer Space Telescope was launched in 2003 as part of NASA’s Great Observatory Program, measuring the infrared universe. As a 100% Community Observatory, Spitzer started with a large infrastructure, and has been trimmed during its extended missions to less than two-thirds of its original budget. The Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array is a NASA Small Explorer Mission targeting the high-energy x-ray sky. It was launched in June of 2012 and is currently carrying out its two-year primary mission. This paper discusses a comparison of the two missions; differences between large and small missions, Community and Principal Investigator missions, and operations and management strategies of each. In addition, the paper will discuss the process of downsizing a large mission into a model similar to that of an explorer class spacecraft.

Paper Details

Date Published: 6 August 2014
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 9149, Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V, 914914 (6 August 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2055499
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Suzanne R. Dodd, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9149:
Observatory Operations: Strategies, Processes, and Systems V
Alison B. Peck; Chris R. Benn; Robert L. Seaman, Editor(s)

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