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Critical early mission design considerations for lunar data systems architectureThis paper outlines recent early mission design activites for a lunar data systems architecture. Each major functional element is shown to be strikingly similar when viewed in a common reference system. While this similarity probably deviates with lower levels of decomposition, the sub-functions can always be arranged into similar and dissimilar categories. Similar functions can be implemented as objects - implemented once and reused several times like today's advanced integrated circuits. This approach to mission data systems, applied to other NASA programs, may result in substantial agency implementation and maintenance savings. In today's zero-sum-game budgetary environment, this approach could help to enable a lunar exploration program in the next decade. Several early mission studies leading to such an object-oriented data systems design are recommended.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Hei, Donald J., Jr. (NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Greenbelt, MD, United States)
Stephens, Elaine (NASA Johnson Space Center Houston, TX, United States)
Date Acquired
August 15, 2013
Publication Date
August 1, 1992
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Report/Patent Number
IAF PAPER 92-0212
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