A Parametric Approach to NASA Mission Operations Costing

TitleA Parametric Approach to NASA Mission Operations Costing
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsPowers, N
Conference NameAIAA SPACE 2014 Conference and ExpositionAIAA SPACE 2014 Conference and Exposition
Date Published10/2014
PublisherAmerican Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Conference LocationSan Diego, CAReston, Virginia
KeywordsMission Control Cost
AbstractQuantifying the cost of mission operations can be problematic. Currently few tools exist to estimate these costs and fewer that utilize a parametric approach. This paper begins the process of developing a parametric model for estimating mission operation costs. We hypothesize that the costs of mission operations are determined by the duration and type of operation activity. For the purposes of this paper operation activities fall into the following four categories: hibernated cruise, standard cruise, flyby, and high intensity operations. Hypothesis tests were conducted on each of the aforementioned categories and the results are based on data from APL’s historical missions. Those results will be used to develop a Cost Estimating Relationship (CER) to better predict mission operation costs.

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