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management and systems engineering of the kepler missionKepler is the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA's) first mission capable of detecting Earth-size planets orbiting in the habitable zones around stars other than the sun. Selected for implementation in 2001 and launched in 2009, Kepler seeks to determine whether Earth-like planets are common or rare in the galaxy. The investigation requires a large, space-based photometer capable of simultaneously measuring the brightnesses of 100,000 stars at part-per-million level of precision. This paper traces the development of the mission from the perspective of project management and systems engineering and describes various methodologies and tools that were found to be effective. The experience of the Kepler development is used to illuminate lessons that can be applied to future missions.
Document ID
20150008508
Document Type
Conference Paper
External Source(s)
Authors
Fanson, James
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Livesay, Leslie
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Frerking, Margaret
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Cooke, Brian
(Jet Propulsion Lab., California Inst. of Tech. Pasadena, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
May 20, 2015
Publication Date
June 27, 2010
Subject Category
Astronomy
Administration and Management
Meeting Information
SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentation 2010 Conference(San Diego, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other
Keywords
systems engineering
management
exoplanet
transit
telescope
spacecraft