Principal-Investigator-Led Missions in the Space Sciences (Google eBook)

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National Academies Press, Mar 22, 2006 - Science - 132 pages
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Principal Investigator-Led (PI-led) missions are an important element of NASA's space science enterprise. While several NRC studies have considered aspects of PI-led missions in the course of other studies for NASA, issues facing the PI-led missions in general have not been subject to much analysis in those studies. Nevertheless, these issues are raising increasingly important questions for NASA, and it requested the NRC to explore them as they currently affect PI-led missions. Among the issues NASA asked to have examined were those concerning cost and scheduling, the selection process, relationships among PI-led team members, and opportunities for knowledge transfer to new PIs. This report provides a discussion of the evolution and current status of the PIled mission concept, the ways in which certain practices have affected its performance, and the steps that can carry it successfully into the future. The study was done in collaboration with the National Academy of Public Administration.

  

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Contents

Executive Summary
1
1 Introduction
10
2 PILed Programs Roles and Relationships
16
3 The Selection Process
24
4 Management of PILed Missions
31
Cost Schedule and Science
38
6 Lessons Learned from PILed Mission Experiences
52
7 Conclusions and Recommendations
57
B Previous Space Studies Board Report Findings and Recommendations on PrincipalInvestigatorLed Missions
81
C Definitions of PILed Missions from NASA Announcements of Opportunity
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D Excerpts on PILed Missions from National Research Council Decadal Survey Reports
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E Major Changes in Requirements Between Announcements of Opportunity
98
F Number of Publications from Explorer and Discovery Missions
100
G Previous Studies on Lessons Learned from PILed Missions
101
H Acronyms
105
Principal Investigator Led Missions in Space Science
109

Appendixes
75
A Biographical Sketches of Committee Members and Staff
77

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