Establishing Choices: Developing a Portfolio of Space System Options

Establishing Choices: Developing a Portfolio of Space System Options Aerospace assists its customers in developing space system options to meet a variety of mission needs. To meet all mission needs requires a collection or portfolio of systems. The company has identified best practices for how to evaluate and manage these portfolios of projects as well […]  More »

The Crosslink Crossword

The Crosslink Crossword First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Across 5. Acquire (poison ivy, for example) 8. Baseball team transaction 11. Literary iteration 12. Leave no _____, hiker’s credo 16. Screenplay abstract 17. Kind of freak 19. Can spring back 22. Back _____, last week’s Time 25. Bent-knee offer 26. One governs gravity 27. It’s […]  More »

Research Horizons

Research Horizons Simplified Spacecraft Design Tools For Evaluating Architecture Concepts First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine As space system architecture capabilities mature, the tools used to analyze them must be modified and enhanced. The Aerospace Corporation is placing an increasing emphasis on its corporate architecture and systems-of-systems capabilities, which supports its customers in the analysis […]  More »

Evalica: Supporting Software Evaluation Logistics

Evalica: Supporting Software Evaluation Logistics First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Supporting the logistics of a software architecture evaluation can be cumbersome and error-prone, especially as the depth of the evaluation and the number of participants grows. The Aerospace software architecture evaluation framework consists of more than one thousand questions that could be part of […]  More »

Evaluating Software Architectures for National Security Space Systems

Evaluating Software Architectures for National Security Space Systems A framework geared toward evaluating software architectures for national security space programs on the front end saves costs and minimizes schedule delays. First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Alan Unell   National security space programs rely on dependable and effective software for ground and space systems. Developing […]  More »

Recasting Aerospace Support/Strategy Team

Recasting Aerospace Support/Strategy Team First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Delivering unrivaled space and missile system capabilities to the U.S. military and its allies is a primary goal of the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) at Los Angeles Air Force Base. SMC, along with The Aerospace Corporation and its contractor partners, has been very […]  More »

Top Future Policy Issues

Top Future Policy Issues First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine   ■ Hosted payloads. Further clarification and adjustment can be expected on national policies regarding space transportation and export control as applied to U.S. government payloads flying on commercial satellites and foreign launchers. ■ International partnering agreements. The design, deployment, and operation of space assets […]  More »

Designing a Better Future through Policy and Strategy

Designing a Better Future through Policy and Strategy Aerospace works closely with its customers to keep them informed of what is happening in the policy and strategy arena and how those outcomes may affect space system acquisition planning. First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Jack Clarke and James Vedda   Policy and strategy are very […]  More »

Standard Establishes Test Requirements for the Acquisition of Space Hardware

Standard Establishes Test Requirements for the Acquisition of Space Hardware First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Today’s spacecraft specifications and standards incorporate lessons learned since the 1970s. These best practices for the design, analysis, and testing of spacecraft hardware encompass a broad range of technical disciplines and have evolved under sponsorship of the U.S. government’s […]  More »

Parts, Materials, and Processes Engineering in the Early Stages of Program Execution

Parts, Materials, and Processes Engineering in the Early Stages of Program Execution First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Electronic hardware—electrical, electronic, electromechanical, electro-optical—parts, materials, and processes (PMP) are fundamental to mission reliability and program success. Just as dependable space operations rely on robust designs, electronic hardware designs depend on robust PMP to ensure that elements […]  More »

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