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Power-aware systems are those that must make the best use of available power. They subsume traditional low-power systems in that they must not only minimize power when the budget is low, but also deliver high performance when required. This paper presents a new scheduling technique for supporting the design and evaluation of a class of power-aware systems in mission-critical applications. It satisfies stringent minimax timing and max power constraints. It also makes the best effort to satisfy the min power constraint in an attempt to fully utilize free power or to control power jitter. Experimental results show that our scheduler can improve performance and reduce energy cost simultaneously compared to hand-crafted designs for previous missions. This tool forms the basis of the IM-PACCT system-level framework that will enable designers to explore many power-performance trade-offs with confidence.