Assessment of Mission Size Trade-Offs for Nasa's Earth and by Space Studies Board Ad Hoc Committee on the Assessment of

By Space Studies Board Ad Hoc Committee on the Assessment of Mission Size Trade-Offs for Earth and Spac

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It will provide further insight into and analysis of FBC principles and will show where the paradigm needs to be modified. The failures of some missions conducted under the FBC approach can be countered by the successes of others, so it will be important to strengthen effective practices while carefully making corrections, where necessary, in how the approach is administered. Copyright © National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved. html 31 SCIENCE PRIORITIES AND NASA MISSION PLANS 2 Science Priorities and NASA Mission Plans INTRODUCTION In Chapter 1, the ad hoc committee considered a number of principles and issues to illustrate the complexity of mission choices and the size options that flow from those principles.

4 illustrates the growth in spacecraft technology capability in the last two decades. A similar rate of progress is occurring in many of the technologies associated with scientific instrumentation, such as more capable processors and more sensitive receivers of electromagnetic radiation. In the future we will probably see the use of micromechanical systems aboard spacecraft, the deployment of large, inflatable structures and antennas, and the ability to fly many small spacecraft in formation. These technologies will lead to new research opportunities and enable novel space missions.

All rights reserved. html 31 SCIENCE PRIORITIES AND NASA MISSION PLANS 2 Science Priorities and NASA Mission Plans INTRODUCTION In Chapter 1, the ad hoc committee considered a number of principles and issues to illustrate the complexity of mission choices and the size options that flow from those principles. In this chapter, the committee examines the relationship between the goals established by the science community and the strategic mission plans developed by NASA. The committee’s methodology for this examination was to obtain input from the Space Studies Board (SSB) discipline committees1 based on their particular perspectives, experience, and previously published analyses.

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