The Challenges of Managing Small Space Flight Projects
July 14 UTC-7
The Challenges of Managing
Small Space Flight Projects
Butler Hine, Ph.D.
NASA Ames Research Center
NASA Flight Projects range from enormous flagship missions that cost multi-$B down to CubeSat technology demonstration missions that cost less than $100K. All of these projects have aspects in common and aspects that are very different. NASA has steadily been moving from a one-size-fits-all approach to flight projects towards allowing a significant range of risk postures, processes, and mission assurance. This talk will go over the common aspects of all flight missions, and the particular challenges of managing small, low-cost missions with limited resources. We will try to answer the question of which type is harder to manage (and the answer may surprise you).
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