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Operability Engineering for the Europa Clipper Mission: Formulation Phase Results and Lessons

Show simple item record Signorelli, Joel Bindschadler, Duane L. Schimmels, Kathryn A. Huh, Shin M. 2020-05-04T16:38:38Z 2020-05-04T16:38:38Z 2018-05-28
dc.identifier.citation The 15th International Conference on Space Operations (SpaceOps), Marseille, France, May 28 - June 1, 2018 en_US
dc.identifier.clearanceno 18-2027
dc.description.abstract Operability is an important factor in both success and cost of space missions, but is difficult to quantify, and can suffer if not considered as part of early formulation and design. The Europa Clipper mission has taken a deliberate approach to infusing operability into the concepts and designs since early in the formulation phase. This paper reports on that approach to operability and the results thus far, as the Europa Clipper mission approaches its Preliminary Design Review. Definitions for operability and its various aspects are presented along with a description of the engineering and organizational approach taken to infusing operability into designs. A number of examples of operability requirements are shown, and key examples of trade studies and design decisions are described, along with influence on outcomes motivated by operability considerations. We find that support from management, empowerment of a cross-discipline Operability Working Group, consistent tracking of operability aspects over time, and broad infusion and participation in operability considerations are all significant factors in implementing operability. In particular, thoughtful and deliberate consideration of operability criteria has led to design decisions that include proper consideration of concerns related to the mission operations phase, and seem likely to provide better science results and mission outcomes. 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, 2018 en_US
dc.title Operability Engineering for the Europa Clipper Mission: Formulation Phase Results and Lessons en_US
dc.type Preprint en_US

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