Cost Growth in NASA Earth and Space Science Missions
The National Research Council will assemble a committee to identify the primary causes of cost growth in NASA Earth and space science missions involving large, medium, and small spacecraft. The committee will recommend what changes, if any, should be made to contain costs and ensure frequent mission opportunities in NASA's Earth and space science programs. In particular, the committee will:
- Review existing cost growth studies related to NASA space and Earth science missions and identify their key causes of cost growth and strategies for mitigating cost growth.
- Assess whether those key causes remain applicable in the current environment and identify any new major causes.
- Evaluate the effectiveness of current and planned NASA cost growth mitigation strategies and, as appropriate, recommend new strategies to ensure frequent mission opportunities.
In making this assessment and related recommendations, the committee should note relevant differences, if any, that exist between Earth and space science missions.
View the Report: Controlling Cost Growth of NASA Earth and Space Science Missions
RONALD M. SEGA,
Colorado State University,
University of California, Los Angeles
ROBERT E. BITTEN,1
The Aerospace Corporation
ALLAN V. BURMAN,
Jefferson Consulting Group, LLC
OLIVIER L. de WECK,
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ROBERT E. DEEMER,
LARRY W. ESPOSITO,
University of Colorado, Boulder
JOSEPH FULLER, JR.,
JOSEPH W. HAMAKER,
Science Applications International Corporation
VICTORIA E. HAMILTON,
Southwest Research Institute
JOHN M. KLINEBERG,
ROBERT P. LIN,
University of California, Berkeley
BRUCE D. MARCUS,
TRW Inc. (Retired)
EMERY I. REEVES,
WILLIAM F. TOWNSEND,
ALAN C. ANGLEMAN,
Senior Program Officer, Study Director