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Scientific Management Of Space Telescope
Author(s): C. R. O'Dell
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Paper Abstract

I will give a somewhat historical summary of how we have handled the science management on Space Telescope. The Space Telescope has gone by different names at different times and we'll give some of that history. I should make it clear that science management is not to be confused with management of scientists, which is something about which I defy anyone to give a formal talk. Just remember that Space Telescope is now, as it was always intended to be, a user's telescope. A point that Jim Downey made in his paper - you always have to be sure you have a customer. In this case, the customer was there first - even before the agency. The intent in the way we have handled science management on Space Telescope has always been to be responsive and cooperative. We can contrast this with numerous other programs, including some of those done by NASA, where the intent was to do a program, to build something, to go to the moon, to develop a facility, and then find a customer. Often this comes back and bites you. The time scale of the backlash varies from months, years, to decades, but it's there and it's something that all agencies need to bear in mind.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 March 1981
PDF: 4 pages
Proc. SPIE 0260, Management of Optics, (23 March 1981); doi: 10.1117/12.959676
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C. R. O'Dell, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0260:
Management of Optics
Richard L. Hartman, Editor(s)

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