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22 June 2006 Developing a NASA strategy for the verification of large space telescope observatories
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In July 2005, the Office of Program Analysis and Evaluation (PA&E) at NASA Headquarters was directed to develop a strategy for verification of the performance of large space telescope observatories, which occurs predominantly in a thermal vacuum test facility. A mission model of the expected astronomical observatory missions over the next 20 years was identified along with performance, facility and resource requirements. Ground testing versus alternatives was analyzed to determine the pros, cons and break points in the verification process. Existing facilities and their capabilities were examined across NASA, industry and other government agencies as well as the future demand for these facilities across NASA's Mission Directorates. Options were developed to meet the full suite of mission verification requirements, and performance, cost, risk and other analyses were performed. Findings and recommendations from the study were presented to the NASA Administrator and the NASA Strategic Management Council (SMC) in February 2006. This paper details the analysis, results, and findings from this study.
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Julie A. Crooke, Johanna A. Gunderson, John G. Hagopian, and Marie Levine "Developing a NASA strategy for the verification of large space telescope observatories", Proc. SPIE 6271, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy II, 627108 (22 June 2006); https://doi.org/10.1117/12.670209
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