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Rapid spacecraft development: results and lessons learned

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Watson, W.A. ; Rapid Spacecraft Dev. Office, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD, USA

The Rapid Spacecraft Development Office (RSDO) at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center is responsible for the management and direction of a dynamic and versatile program for the definition, competition, and acquisition of multiple indefinite delivery and indefinite quantity contracts - resulting in a catalog of spacecraft buses. Five spacecraft delivery orders have been placed by the RSDO and two have been launched. Numerous concept and design studies have been performed, most with the intent of leading to a future spacecraft acquisition. A collection of results and lessons learned is recorded to highlight management techniques, methods and processes employed in the conduct of spacecraft acquisition. Topics include working relationships under fixed price delivery orders, price and value, risk management, contingency reserves and information restrictions.

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Aerospace Conference Proceedings, 2002. IEEE  (Volume:7 )

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2002