Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program / Edition 1

Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program / Edition 1

by Howard E. McCurdy
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801877490

ISBN-13: 2900801877499

Pub. Date: 09/01/2003

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

In Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program, Howard E. McCurdy examines NASA's recent efforts to save money while improving mission frequency and performance. McCurdy details the sixteen missions undertaken during the 1990s—including an orbit of the moon, deployment of three space telescopes, four Earth-orbiting

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In Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program, Howard E. McCurdy examines NASA's recent efforts to save money while improving mission frequency and performance. McCurdy details the sixteen missions undertaken during the 1990s—including an orbit of the moon, deployment of three space telescopes, four Earth-orbiting satellites, two rendezvous with comets and asteroids, and a test of an ion propulsion engine—which cost less than the sum traditionally spent on a single, conventionally planned planetary mission. He shows how these missions employed smaller spacecraft and cheaper technology to undertake less complex and more specific tasks in outer space. While the technological innovation and space exploration approach that McCurdy describes is still controversial, the historical perspective on its disappointments and triumphs points to ways of developing "faster, better, and cheaper" as a management manifesto.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900801877499
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Series:
New Series in NASA History
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
192

Table of Contents

Contents:



List of Boxes

Acknowledgments



1 - The Reform

2 - The Nature of the Challenge

3 - Cost Control

4 - The Philosophy

5 - Mars Pathfinder

6 - Organization

7 - Technology

8 - Risk and Reliability

9 - Future Implications



Notes

Index

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