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Streamlining Ground Station Network Compatibility Test for Small SatellitesA team of eight subject matter experts at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) completed a Lean Six Sigma project to identify process improvements for the compatibility test process for small satellites planning to use the NASA Near Earth Network (NEN). Ground station network compatibility testing is designed to reduce the risk to missions by resolving issues between the spacecraft's flight communication and navigation components and the ground systems prior to launch. Compatibility testing, which consists of a series of tests performed over a period of months and documented in reports, is an important step meant to prevent post-launch anomalies that could lead to expensive troubleshooting or mission failure. Compared to traditional missions, small satellite missions typically have a smaller budget and compressed schedules, which can result in small satellite projects' willingness to accept the risk associated with less comprehensive compatibility testing. Optimization and or refinement of the compatibility test process for small satellite missions could alleviate some of the pressures inherent with these factors. The goal of the Lean Six Sigma project was to develop alternative scalable methods of compatibility testing for small satellites. The Lean Six Sigma approach and the results of the project are reviewed in this paper.
Document ID
20180003437
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Schaire, Scott H.
(NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island, VA, United States)
Bundick, Steven N.
(NASA Wallops Flight Facility Wallops Island, VA, United States)
Roberts, Christopher James
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Ambrose, Leslie L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Mason, Jerry L.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Altunc, Serhat
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Wong, Yen F.
(NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Lamberson, Mark R.
(Peraton Corp. Herndon, VA, United States)
Baros, Joe Jr.
(Peraton Corp. Herndon, VA, United States)
Celeste, Peter B.
(Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc. Annapolis Junction, MD, United States)
Perrotto, Patricia R.
(Booz-Allen and Hamilton, Inc. Annapolis Junction, MD, United States)
Bollard, Mark A.
(ARES Corp. Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Date Acquired
June 5, 2018
Publication Date
May 28, 2018
Subject Category
Communications And Radar
Report/Patent Number
GSFC-E-DAA-TN54681
Meeting Information
International Conference on Space Operations SpaceOps 2018(Marseille)
Funding Number(s)
PROJECT: 453
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.
Keywords
Streamlining
Compatibility Test

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