In the aerospace industry, the space industry in particular, there is a persistent emphasis on knowing the quality of the components, assemblies, and systems. The demand for quality in the space industry is driven by the high cost of finding problems late in assembly and the impediments to repairing hardware on orbit. One source of late problems is commonly attributed to the incorporation of new technologies. In this work as part of an effort to identify gaps in a suite of funded technology development efforts, we used the Risk Roadmap amplified from a systems point of view. This methodology resulted in insights into the origins of some of the problems associated with incorporating new technology, and the need for planning for system accommodation. One of the system accommodation efforts identified by this effort was the need for the development of nondestructive evaluation and inspection (NDE/NDI) techniques to begin sooner, at approximately TRL 3, with respect to the technology, in order to avoid causing a program delay. This paper describes the Risk Roadmap and the other views of the data in the development of the associated systems view that led to this insight.
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Susan Ruth, Susan Ruth, "NDI technique development for new technologies", Proc. SPIE 6531, Nondestructive Characterization for Composite Materials, Aerospace Engineering, Civil Infrastructure, and Homeland Security 2007, 65310H (19 April 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.718476; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.718476

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