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Measuring the maturity of robotic planetary mission concepts

Show simple item record Wessen, Randii R. Adler, Mark Leising, Charles J. Sherwood, Brent 2015-06-09T17:40:03Z 2015-06-09T17:40:03Z 2009-09-14
dc.identifier.citation AIAA Space 2009 Conference and Exposition, Pasadena, California, September 14-17, 2009 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 09-3274
dc.description.abstract Robotic space missions are conceived, planned, promoted, and developed through a series of design and resource estimation activities with increasing levels of effort and fidelity, from the cocktail napkin to the Critical Design Review (CDR). As a mission concept increases in maturity, the uncertainties in the estimated performance, cost, and risk of the mission are reduced. For a given concept it is important to measure and describe its level of maturity, and to have a common language for that description, in order to establish reasonable expectations today for a mission in the future and to avoid premature commitments to a highly uncertain value proposition. Furthermore, such a language can be used to define a set of guidelines for the content of a robotic space mission concept as it progresses, so that some dimensions of the concept do not inadvertently lag behind other dimensions in maturity. This paper describes a set of nine Concept Maturity Levels (CML 1 to 9) and the associated concept content at those levels. 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, 2009 en_US
dc.title Measuring the maturity of robotic planetary mission concepts en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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