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The Keys to Successful Extended Missions
External Online Source: hdl:2014/42609
Author and Affiliation:
Seal, David A.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States);
Manor-Chapman, Emily A.(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech., Pasadena, CA, United States)
Abstract: Many of NASA's successful missions of robotic exploration have gone on to highly productive mission extensions, from Voyager, Magellan, Ulysses, and Galileo, to the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity, a variety of Mars orbiters, Spitzer, Deep Impact / EPOXI, and Cassini. These missions delivered not only a high science return during their prime science phase, but a wealth of opportunities during their extensions at a low incremental cost to the program. The success of such mission extensions can be traced to demonstration of new and unique science achievable during the extension; reduction in cost without significant increase in risk to spacecraft health; close inclusion of the science community and approval authorities in planning; intelligent design during the development and prime operations phase; and well crafted and conveyed extension proposals. This paper discusses lessons learned collected from a variety of project leaders which can be applied by current and future missions to maximize their chances of approval and success.
Publication Date: Jun 14, 2012
Document ID:
20130009112
(Acquired Feb 08, 2013)
Subject Category: SPACE SCIENCES (GENERAL)
Document Type: Conference Paper
Meeting Information: SpaceOps 2012; 11-15 Jun. 2012; Stockholm; Sweden
Financial Sponsor: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Organization Source: Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech.; Pasadena, CA, United States
Description: In English; Original contains color illustrations
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: Copyright
NASA Terms: ROBOTICS; MARS EXPLORATION; SPACE MISSIONS; ULYSSES MISSION; GALILEO SPACECRAFT; LESSONS LEARNED; LOW COST; RISK
Other Descriptors: MISSION LIFETIME; MISSION REVIEW; MISSION SENIOR REVIEW PROCESS
Availability Source: Other Sources
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