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Systems Engineering Technical Authority: A Path to Mission SuccessThe systems engineering of space missions to study planet Earth has been an important focus of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) since its inception. But all space missions are becoming increasingly complex and this fact, reinforced by some major mishaps, has caused NASA to reevaluate their approach to achieving safety and mission success. A new approach ensures that there are adequate checks and balances in place to maximize the probability of safety and mission success. To this end the agency created the concept of Technical Authority which identifies a key individual accountable and responsible for the technical integrity of a flight mission as well as a project-independent reporting path. At the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) this responsibility ultimately begins with the Mission Systems Engineer (MSE) for each satellite mission. This paper discusses the Technical Authority process and then describes some unique steps that are being taken at the GSFC to support these MSEs in meeting their responsibilities.
Document ID
20080039260
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Andary, James F. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
So, Maria M. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Breindel, Barry (BCB Associates, LLC Alexandria, VA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 24, 2013
Publication Date
June 15, 2008
Subject Category
Spacecraft Design, Testing and Performance
Meeting Information
International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) 18th Annual International Symposium 2008(Utrecht)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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