Writing a success story: Lessons learned from the Spitzer Space Telescope

Robert D Gehrz, T. L. Roellig, M. W. Werner

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Abstract

A key to the success of the Spitzer Space Telescope (formerly SIRTF) Mission was a unique management structure that promoted open communication and collaboration among scientific, engineering, and contractor personnel at all levels of the project. This helped us to recruit and maintain the very best people to work on Spitzer. We describe the management concept that led to the success of the mission. Specific examples of how the project benefited from the communication and reporting structure, and lessons learned about technology are described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationAn Optical Believe It or Not
Subtitle of host publicationKey Lessons Learned II
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2010
EventAn Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 2 2010Aug 3 2010

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7796
ISSN (Print)0277-786X

Conference

ConferenceAn Optical Believe It or Not: Key Lessons Learned II
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/2/108/3/10

Keywords

  • Infrared astronomy
  • Lessons learned
  • NASA
  • Spitzer space telescope

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