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Title Improving payload operations for science missions
Abstract A Science Operation System (SOS) aims at generating a detailed and consolidated science operation plan to routinely operate the payload on board scientific spacecraft. In the context of discovery and competitiveness, which are the keywords in Europe's policies and programmes for space, we believe that a permanent mechanism would be beneficial to efficiently and continuously improve SOS performance and productivity. It should monitor and steer the content of the procedures used to design and implement SOS. It should also be run by the science operation community. We therefore propose that the European Space Agency finances a study that will aim to define the requirements of a cost-effective mechanism, such as a Consultative Committee for Science Operation System (CCSOS), allowing for the coordination of the exploitation of current and future SOS experiences. Based on our practical experience of SOS, we provide, in this paper, the requirements of the study. We also discuss the expected key study outputs as well as an example of what could be the CCSOS architecture and outputs. Finally, we are convinced that many elements of this discussion should also be relevant for non-scientific missions, i.e. for missions involving any sort of routine payload operations.
Organisation CCLRC , SSTD , SSTD-SDD
Keywords system , planning , architecture , operations , space , engineering , science
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Language English (EN)
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Paper In Conference Proceedings In SpaceOps, Roma, Italy, 19-23 Jun 2006, (2006). 56185final (1).pdf 2006