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Concurrent Mission and Systems Design at NASA Glenn Research Center: The Origins of the COMPASS TeamEstablished at the NASA Glenn Research Center (GRC) in 2006 to meet the need for rapid mission analysis and multi-disciplinary systems design for in-space and human missions, the Collaborative Modeling for Parametric Assessment of Space Systems (COMPASS) team is a multidisciplinary, concurrent engineering group whose primary purpose is to perform integrated systems analysis, but it is also capable of designing any system that involves one or more of the disciplines present in the team. The authors were involved in the development of the COMPASS team and its design process, and are continuously making refinements and enhancements. The team was unofficially started in the early 2000s as part of the distributed team known as Team JIMO (Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter) in support of the multi-center collaborative JIMO spacecraft design during Project Prometheus. This paper documents the origins of a concurrent mission and systems design team at GRC and how it evolved into the COMPASS team, including defining the process, gathering the team and tools, building the facility, and performing studies.
Document ID
Document Type
Technical Memorandum (TM)
McGuire, Melissa L. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Oleson, Steven R. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Sarver-Verhey, Timothy R. (NASA Glenn Research Center Cleveland, OH, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 2012
Subject Category
Systems Analysis and Operations Research
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 2011-06396
Meeting Information
Space 2011 Conference and Exposition(Long Beach, CA)
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 789822.01.03.03
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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