Wednesday, January 15, 2014
5:00 pm
Guggenheim 101 (Lees-Kubota Lecture Hall)

Exploring Mission Concepts with the JPL Innovation Foundry A-Team

John Ziemer, Concept Innovation Methods Chief, Innovation Foundry, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The JPL Innovation Foundry has established a new approach for exploring, developing, and evaluating early concepts called the A-Team. The A-Team combines innovative collaborative methods with subject matter expertise and analysis tools to help mature mission concepts. Science, implementation, and programmatic elements are all considered during an A-Team study. Methods are grouped by Concept Maturity Level (CML), from 1 through 3, including idea generation and capture (CML 1), initial feasibility assessment (CML 2), and trade space exploration (CML 3). Methods used for each CML are presented, and the key team roles are described from two points of view: innovative methods and technical expertise. The A-Team facilities provide a constructive environment for innovative ideas from all aspects of mission formulation to eliminate isolated studies and come together early in the development cycle when they can provide the biggest impact. This talk provides an overview of the A-Team, its study processes, roles, methods, tools and facilities.

All interested students, staff, faculty and researchers and the public are invited to attend. No registration is required for this free lecture. Seating is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.

Refreshments are served at 4:30 p.m.

Contact Michele Judd mjudd@kiss.caltech.edu at 626-395-6630
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