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The Virtual Mission - A step-wise approach to large space missionsAttention is given to the Virtual Mission (VM) concept, wherein multiple scientific instruments will be on different platforms, in different orbits, operated from different control centers, at different institutions, and reporting to different user groups. The VM concept enables NASA's science and application users to accomplish their broad science goals with a fleet made up of smaller, more focused spacecraft and to alleviate the difficulties involved with single, large, complex spacecraft. The concept makes possible the stepwise 'go-as-you-pay' extensible approach recommended by Augustine (1990). It enables scientists to mix and match the use of many smaller satellites in novel ways to respond to new scientific ideas and needs.
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Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Hansen, Elaine
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Jones, Morgan
(Colorado Univ. Boulder, United States)
Hooke, Adrian
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Pomphrey, Richard
(JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Publication Information
Publication: In: Engineering, construction, and operations in space III: Space '92; Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, Denver, CO, May 31-June 4, 1992. Vol. 2 (A93-41976 17-12)
Publisher: American Society of Civil Engineers
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
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