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23 June 2006 The role of project science in the Chandra X-ray Observatory
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The Chandra X-ray Observatory, one of NASA's Great Observatories, has an outstanding record of scientific and technical success. This success results from the efforts of a team comprising NASA, its contractors, the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, the instrument groups, and other elements of the scientific community-including the thousands of scientists who utilize this powerful facility for astrophysical research. We discuss the role of NASA Project Science in the formulation, development, calibration, and operation of the Chandra X-ray Observatory. In addition to serving as an interface between the scientific community and the Project, Project Science performed what we term "science systems engineering". This activity encompasses translation of science requirements into technical requirements and assessment of the scientific impact of programmatic and technical trades. We briefly describe several examples of science systems engineering conducted by Chandra Project Science.
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Stephen L. O'Dell and Martin C. Weisskopf "The role of project science in the Chandra X-ray Observatory", Proc. SPIE 6271, Modeling, Systems Engineering, and Project Management for Astronomy II, 627107 (23 June 2006);


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