4 August 2010 Management and systems engineering of the Kepler mission
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Kepler is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) first mission capable of detecting Earth-size planets orbiting in the habitable zones around stars other than the sun. Selected for implementation in 2001 and launched in 2009, Kepler seeks to determine whether Earth-like planets are common or rare in the galaxy. The investigation requires a large, space-based photometer capable of simultaneously measuring the brightnesses of 100,000 stars at partper- million level of precision. This paper traces the development of the mission from the perspective of project management and systems engineering and describes various methodologies and tools that were found to be effective. The experience of the Kepler development is used to illuminate lessons that can be applied to future missions.
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James Fanson, James Fanson, Leslie Livesay, Leslie Livesay, Margaret Frerking, Margaret Frerking, Brian Cooke, Brian Cooke, } "Management and systems engineering of the Kepler mission", Proc. SPIE 7738, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy IV, 77380N (4 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.859727; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.859727
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