The Aerospace Corporation’s Role in Ensuring the Availability of Critical Technologies

The Aerospace Corporation’s Role in Ensuring the Availability of Critical Technologies Aerospace and a consortium of industry partners work to identify and mitigate risks in the technology supply chain. First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Aaron Tout and John Adams   The Aerospace Corporation’s understanding of the space enterprise is broad and profound, gained from […]  More »

Past to Present: Forging a Way Forward for National Security Space

Past to Present: Forging a Way Forward for National Security Space First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine The national security space enterprise has successfully exited one of its most challenging decades since the dawn of the Space Age. This was a decade of intense technical challenges, and seemingly relentless programmatic challenges, leading to many painful […]  More »

The Architecture Design and Evaluation Process

The Architecture Design and Evaluation Process The Aerospace Corporation conducts architecture trade studies to assess options and solutions to meet its customers’ space system program requirements. First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Inki A. Min and Ryan A. Noguchi   In the early stages of developing a new space system program, U.S. government decision makers […]  More »

Development Planning for an Overhead Persistent Infrared Program

Development Planning for an Overhead Persistent Infrared Program First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Aerospace’s decision support framework was recently applied to an overhead persistent infrared (OPIR) enterprise development planning study. The study was prompted by downward funding trends and enhanced operational capability needs. Funding for OPIR missions may be restricted to current program resources […]  More »

Developing Planning and Decision Support

Developing Planning and Decision Support Implementing a decision support framework in front-end systems engineering and development planning improves acquisitions for space programs. Ljubomir B. Jocic and James Gee   Since its inception more than fifty years ago, The Aerospace Corporation has been supporting space system concept exploration, planning, and government decision-making in many programs and […]  More »

A Focus on the End User

A Focus on the End User First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Once a capability need is officially identified, the system acquisition phase begins. This phase has been a traditional focus of Aerospace expertise. The first step is to translate the need statement into verifiable and implementable system requirements that can be used to issue […]  More »

Defining Military Space Capability Requirements for Successful Development

Defining Military Space Capability Requirements for Successful Development Policies and practices are evolving to ensure that new system developments are executable from the onset. The new approach emphasizes close coordination of requirements definition and acquisition strategy development. First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Jennifer Owens, Jeff Belanger, Ray G. Bonesteele, Andy T. Guillen, and Rosie […]  More »

Successful Front End

Successful Front-End Engagement First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine Some noteworthy examples of up-front mission-assurance activities at the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) include the work of the program engineering acquisition and execution support teams, the Acquisition Center of Excellence, the Program Management Assistance Group, and the SMC Cadre. Each of these […]  More »

Right from the Start: Mission Assurance at Program Initiation

Right from the Start: Mission Assurance at Program Initiation Early introduction of mission assurance injects discipline into the development approach. Aerospace is working to ensure that measurable mission assurance products and deliverables are designed and implemented early in the acquisition lifecycle and clearly spelled out in the contract. First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine  Sumner […]  More »

Profile: Andrea Amram

Profile: Andrea Amram, General Manager, Environmental Satellite Systems Division The Art of Designing and Building Complex Space Systems A 30-year career, motivation, and a willingness to learn and try new opportunities have exposed Andy Amram to many areas of The Aerospace Corporation. First published May 2013, Crosslink® magazine The Aerospace Corporation is highly regarded for […]  More »

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