8 August 2016 Management of the camera electronics programme for the World Space Observatory ultraviolet WUVS instrument
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World Space Observatory Ultraviolet (WSO-UV) is a major international collaboration led by Russia and will study the universe at ultraviolet wavelengths between 115 nm and 320 nm. The WSO Ultraviolet Spectrograph (WUVS) subsystem is led by a consortium of Russian institutes and consists of three spectrographs.

RAL Space is contracted by e2v technologies Ltd to provide the CCD readout electronics for each of the three WUVS channels. The programme involves the design, manufacturing, assembly and testing of each Camera Electronics Box (CEB), its associated Interconnection Module (ICM), Electrical Ground Support Equipment (EGSE) and harness.

An overview of the programme will be presented, from the initial design phase culminating in the development of an Engineering Model (EM) through qualification whereby an Engineering Qualification Model (EQM) will undergo environmental testing to characterize the performance of the CEB against the space environment, to the delivery of the Flight Models (FMs). The paper will discuss the challenges faced managing a large, dynamic project. This includes managing significant changes in fundamental requirements mid-programme as a result of external political issues which forced a complete re-design of an existing CEB with extensive space heritage but containing many ITAR controlled electronic components to a new, more efficient solution, free of ITAR controlled parts. The methodology and processes used to ensure the demanding schedule is maintained through each stage of the project will be presented including an insight into planning, decision-making, communication, risk management, and resource management; all essential to the continued success of the programme.
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Gayatri Patel, Gayatri Patel, Matthew Clapp, Matthew Clapp, Mike Salter, Mike Salter, Nick Waltham, Nick Waltham, Sarah Beardsley, Sarah Beardsley, } "Management of the camera electronics programme for the World Space Observatory ultraviolet WUVS instrument", Proc. SPIE 9911, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy VI, 99110Q (8 August 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2232575; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2232575

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