4 August 2010 Preliminary multivariable cost model for space telescopes
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Parametric cost models are routinely used to plan missions, compare concepts and justify technology investments. This paper reviews the methodology used to develop space telescope cost models; summarizes recently published single variable models; and presents preliminary results for two and three variable cost models. Some of the findings are that increasing mass reduces cost; it costs less per square meter of collecting aperture to build a large telescope than a small telescope; and technology development as a function of time reduces cost at the rate of 50% per 17 years.
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H. Philip Stahl, H. Philip Stahl, Todd Henrichs, Todd Henrichs, "Preliminary multivariable cost model for space telescopes", Proc. SPIE 7731, Space Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010: Optical, Infrared, and Millimeter Wave, 773104 (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856214; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.856214
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