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Breakthrough Propulsion Physics Project: Project Management Methods
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Author and Affiliation:
Millis, Marc G.(NASA Glenn Research Center, Cleveland, OH, United States)
Abstract: To leap past the limitations of existing propulsion, the NASA Breakthrough Propulsion Physics (BPP) Project seeks further advancements in physics from which new propulsion methods can eventually be derived. Three visionary breakthroughs are sought: (1) propulsion that requires no propellant, (2) propulsion that circumvents existing speed limits, and (3) breakthrough methods of energy production to power such devices. Because these propulsion goals are presumably far from fruition, a special emphasis is to identify credible research that will make measurable progress toward these goals in the near-term. The management techniques to address this challenge are presented, with a special emphasis on the process used to review, prioritize, and select research tasks. This selection process includes these key features: (a) research tasks are constrained to only address the immediate unknowns, curious effects or critical issues, (b) reliability of assertions is more important than the implications of the assertions, which includes the practice where the reviewers judge credibility rather than feasibility, and (c) total scores are obtained by multiplying the criteria scores rather than by adding. Lessons learned and revisions planned are discussed.
Publication Date: Dec 01, 2004
Document ID:
20050041926
(Acquired Jan 31, 2005)
Subject Category: ADMINISTRATION AND MANAGEMENT
Report/Patent Number: NASA/TM-2004-213406, E-14920
Document Type: Technical Report
Contract/Grant/Task Num: WBS 2262-949-10-01
Financial Sponsor: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Organization Source: NASA Glenn Research Center; Cleveland, OH, United States
Description: 45p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: COST EFFECTIVENESS; MANAGEMENT METHODS; MICROGRAVITY; NASA PROGRAMS; PROJECT MANAGEMENT; PROPELLANTS; RELATIVITY; RELIABILITY ANALYSIS; RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT; SPACECRAFT PROPULSION
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