Conference Paper: Optimization of system maturity and equivalent system mass for exploration systems development

Title:  Optimization of system maturity and equivalent system mass for exploration systems development

Publication Date: 3/15/2010

Conference:  8th Annual Conference on Systems Engineering Research (CSER), Hoboken, NJ, March 2010.

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Abstract
In the assessment of system’s developmental maturity, metrics are used for making effective and efficient decisions. This paper introduces the combination of two metrics used in systems development, i.e. Systems Readiness Level (SRL) and Equivalent System Mass (ESM), in order to make a more informed decision in the developmental planning of Exploration Life Support Systems. We then expand upon this approach by utilizing an optimization model that seeks to maximize a system’s readiness (i.e. SRL) given a budgetary allowance expressed in terms of ESM. We conclude with an articulation of this optimization model utilizing a generic space system. Index Terms— equivalent systems mass; integration readiness level; system readiness level; integration readiness level

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