Mission Assurance—A Key Part of Space Vehicle Launch Mission Success
By Maj Gen (S) Ellen M. Pawlikowski, Deputy Director, National Reconnaissance Office
/ Published July 15, 2008
CHANTILLY, Va. --
Recent years have shown unprecedented levels of launch success for both Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) missions. In order to achieve these results, many people, processes, and organizations have worked in a disciplined and collaborative fashion to ensure every aspect of the mission has been examined, every scenario has been considered, and every risk has been understood, accepted, or mitigated before a multi-million dollar launch vehicle ignites, carrying a billion dollar payload. This collection of activities over the lifecycle of a space vehicle development program and through launch is called mission assurance.
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