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Exploring Mission Concepts with the JPL Innovation Foundry A-TeamThe JPL Innovation Foundry has established a new approach for exploring, developing, and evaluating early concepts called the A-Team. The A-Team combines innovative collaborative methods with subject matter expertise and analysis tools to help mature mission concepts. Science, implementation, and programmatic elements are all considered during an A-Team study. Methods are grouped by Concept Maturity Level (CML), from 1 through 3, including idea generation and capture (CML 1), initial feasibility assessment (CML 2), and trade space exploration (CML 3). Methods used for each CML are presented, and the key team roles are described from two points of view: innovative methods and technical expertise. A-Team roles for providing innovative methods include the facilitator, study lead, and assistant study lead. A-Team roles for providing technical expertise include the architect, lead systems engineer, and integration engineer. In addition to these key roles, each A-Team study is uniquely staffed to match the study topic and scope including subject matter experts, scientists, technologists, flight and instrument systems engineers, and program managers as needed. Advanced analysis and collaborative engineering tools (e.g. cost, science traceability, mission design, knowledge capture, study and analysis support infrastructure) are also under development for use in A-Team studies and will be discussed briefly. The A-Team facilities provide a constructive environment for innovative ideas from all aspects of mission formulation to eliminate isolated studies and come together early in the development cycle when they can provide the biggest impact. This paper provides an overview of the A-Team, its study processes, roles, methods, tools and facilities.
Document ID
20150007987
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Ziemer, John K. (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Ervin, Joan (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Lang, Jared (Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 12, 2015
Publication Date
September 10, 2013
Subject Category
Astronautics (General)
Meeting Information
AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference & Exposition(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
Team Eureka
Team X
Rapid Mission Architecture Team
concept formulation
Mission Systems Concept Section