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Pathways and challenges to innovation in aerospace

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dc.contributor.author Terrile, Richard J.
dc.date.accessioned 2015-05-14T23:26:51Z
dc.date.available 2015-05-14T23:26:51Z
dc.date.issued 2010-03-06
dc.identifier.citation 2010 IEEE Aerospace Conference, Big Sky, Montana, March 6-13, 2010 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 10-3363
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2014/45217
dc.description.abstract This paper explores impediments to innovation in aerospace and suggests how successful pathways from other industries can be adopted to facilitate greater innovation. Because of its nature, space exploration would seem to be a ripe field of technical innovation. However, engineering can also be a frustratingly conservative endeavor when the realities of cost and risk are included. Impediments like the “find the fault” engineering culture, the treatment of technical risk as almost always evaluated in terms of negative impact, the difficult to account for expansive Moore’s Law growth when making predictions, and the stove-piped structural organization of most large aerospace companies and federally funded research laboratories tend to inhibit cross-cutting technical innovation. One successful example of a multi-use cross cutting application that can scale with Moore’s Law is the Evolutionary Computational Methods (ECM) technique developed at the Jet Propulsion Lab for automated spectral retrieval. Future innovations like computational engineering and automated design optimization can potentially redefine space exploration, but will require learning lessons from successful innovators. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NASA/JPL en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2010 en_US
dc.title Pathways and challenges to innovation in aerospace en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US


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