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Cost Growth in NASA Earth and Space Science Missions

Project Scope

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

Committee Membership

RONALD M. SEGA,
Colorado State University,
Chair

VASSILIS ANGELOPOULOS,
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,
Regis University

LARRY W. ESPOSITO,
University of Colorado, Boulder

JOSEPH FULLER, JR.,
Futron Corporation

JOSEPH W. HAMAKER,
Science Applications International Corporation

VICTORIA E. HAMILTON,
Southwest Research Institute

JOHN M. KLINEBERG,
Aerospace Consultant

ROBERT P. LIN,
University of California, Berkeley

BRUCE D. MARCUS,
TRW Inc. (Retired)
 

EMERY I. REEVES,
Independent Consultant

WILLIAM F. TOWNSEND,
Independent Consultant

Staff

ALAN C. ANGLEMAN,
Senior Program Officer, Study Director