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Systems engingeering for the Kepler Mission : a search for terrestrial planets

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dc.contributor.author Duren, Riley M.
dc.contributor.author Dragon, Karen
dc.contributor.author Gunter, Steve Z.
dc.contributor.author Gautier, Nick
dc.contributor.author Koch, Dave
dc.contributor.author Harvey, Adam
dc.contributor.author Enos, Alan
dc.contributor.author Borucki, Bill
dc.contributor.author Sobeck, Charlie
dc.contributor.author Mayer, Dave
dc.contributor.author Jenkins, Jon
dc.contributor.author Thompson, Rick
dc.contributor.author Bachtell, Eric
dc.contributor.author Peters, Dan
dc.date.accessioned 2006-03-24T18:53:42Z
dc.date.available 2006-03-24T18:53:42Z
dc.date.issued 2004-06-21
dc.identifier.citation SPIE Astronomical Telescopes and Instrumentiation 2004, Glasgow, Scotland, June 20-25, 2004. en
dc.identifier.clearanceno 04-1867
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/38948
dc.description.abstract The Kepler mission will launch in 2007 and determine the distribution of earth-size planets (0.5 to 10 earth masses) in the habitable zones (HZs) of solar-like stars. The mission will monitor > 100,000 dwarf stars simultaneously for at least 4 years. Precision differential photometry will be used to detect the periodic signals of transiting planets. Kepler will also support asteroseismology by measuring the pressure-mode (p-mode) oscillations of selected stars. Key mission elements include a spacecraft bus and 0.95 meter, wide-field, CCD-based photometer injected into an earth-trailing heliocentric orbit by a 3-stage Delta II launch vehicle as well as a distributed Ground Segment and Follow-up Observing Program. The project is currently preparing for Preliminary Design Review (October 2004) and is proceeding with detailed design and procurement of long-lead components. In order to meet the unprecedented photometric precision requirement and to ensure a statistically significant result, the Kepler mission involves technical challenges in the areas of photometric noise and systematic error reduction, stability, and false-positive rejection. Programmatic and logistical challenges include the collaborative design, modeling, integration, test, and operation of a geographically and functionally distributed project. A very rigorous systems engineering program has evolved to address these challenges. This paper provides an overview of the Kepler systems engineering program, including some examples of our processes and techniques in areas such as requirements synthesis, validation & verification, system robustness design, and end-to-end performance modeling. en
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en
dc.format.extent 1719011 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2004 en
dc.subject systems engineering en
dc.subject extra-solar planets en
dc.subject Kepler mission en
dc.subject validation & verification en
dc.subject performance modeling en
dc.title Systems engingeering for the Kepler Mission : a search for terrestrial planets en
dc.type Preprint en


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