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Author Casani, E. K. ♦ Wilson, B. ♦ Ridenoure, R.
Source United States Department of Energy Office of Scientific and Technical Information
Content type Text
Language English
Subject Keyword ENGINEERING NOT INCLUDED IN OTHER CATEGORIES ♦ SPACE FLIGHT ♦ MISSION ANALYSIS ♦ NASA ♦ SPACE VEHICLES ♦ EXPERIMENT PLANNING ♦ PROGRAM MANAGEMENT ♦ RESEARCH PROGRAMS ♦ MEASURING INSTRUMENTS
Abstract The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has established the New Millennium Program (NMP) to enable space and Earth science missions to be carried out far more cost-effectively in the 21st century than they are today. NMP will develop and flight validate the revolutionary technologies that will be needed to carry out NASA{close_quote}s 21st-century missions, and will also demonstrate methods to drastically reduce mission costs. Advances in technology will enable the reduction of spacecraft and instrument size, an increase in autonomy and reduction of operations costs, and innovation in measurement techniques and mission architectures: all needed for the high-return missions of the future. Because the design space of the technology-validation flights exceeds the available money and scheduling resources, the approach will be to first exhaustively explore mission design space, and then evaluate missions for such factors as technological value, scientific capability, cost, and level of public interest. The oversubscribed mission set can then be reduced to a maximum-value set for implementation. Anticipated societal benefits from NMP include stimulated development of advanced technologies and creation of new U.S. industry to meet the demand for capable microspacecraft. {copyright} {ital 1996 American Institute of Physics.}
ISSN 0094243X
Educational Use Research
Learning Resource Type Article
Publisher Date 1996-03-01
Publisher Place United States
Volume Number 361
Issue Number 1
Technical Publication No. CONF-960109-


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