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Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) - Operations conceptThe development and operations costs of the Space IR Telescope Facility (SIRTF) are discussed in the light of minimizing total outlays and optimizing efficiency. The development phase cannot extend into the post-launch segment which is planned to only support system verification and calibration followed by operations with a 70-percent efficiency goal. The importance of reducing the ground-support staff is demonstrated, and the value of the highly sensitive observations to the general astronomical community is described. The Failure Protection Algorithm for the SIRTF is designed for the 5-yr lifetime and the continuous venting of cryogen, and a science driven ground/operations system is described. Attention is given to balancing cost and performance, prototyping during the development phase, incremental development, the utilization of standards, and the integration of ground system/operations with flight system integration and test.
Document ID
19920044374
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Miller, Richard B.
(JPL Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1992
Subject Category
Economics And Cost Analysis
Report/Patent Number
AIAA PAPER 92-0598
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
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