19 January 1984 Operational Test Considerations For Low Quantity Satellite Systems
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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.
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R. K. Chadbourne, "Operational Test Considerations For Low Quantity Satellite Systems", Proc. SPIE 0430, Infrared Technology IX, (19 January 1984); doi: 10.1117/12.936388; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.936388
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