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By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Space Studies Board, Committee on Assessment of Impediments to Interagency Cooperation on Space and Earth Science Missions

Via an exam of case reviews, employer briefings, and current reviews, and drawing on own wisdom and direct adventure, the Committee on evaluation of Impediments to Interagency Cooperation on area and Earth technology Missions stumbled on that candidate initiatives for multiagency collaboration within the improvement and implementation of Earth-observing or house technological know-how missions are usually intrinsically complicated and, for this reason expensive, and multiagency method of constructing those missions in general leads to extra complexity and price. Advocates of collaboration have occasionally underestimated the problems and linked expenditures and dangers of dividing accountability and responsibility among or extra companions; in addition they the prospect that collaboration increases the danger in assembly functionality pursuits. This committee's valuable suggestion is that firms may still behavior Earth and area technological know-how initiatives independently except: it truly is judged that cooperation will bring about major further medical price to the undertaking over what should be completed via a unmarried organization on my own; or particular functions dwell inside of one company which are worthy for the venture luck of a venture controlled via one other business enterprise; or the venture is meant to move from learn to operations necessitating a metamorphosis in accountability from one business enterprise to a different in the course of the venture; or there are different compelling purposes to pursue collaboration, for instance, a wish to construct skill at one of many cooperating corporations. even if the full undertaking rate might raise, events should locate collaboration beautiful if their percentage of a venture is cheaper than investment it by myself. In those situations, possible choices to interdependent reliance on one other executive organisation could be thought of. for instance, firms may possibly locate that purchasing providers from one other company or pursuing interagency coordination of spaceflight info assortment is most popular to totally interdependent cooperation.--Publisher's descripiton.

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7 In September of 2003 (3 months after the Landsat 7 ETM+ SLC failure), NASA canceled the request for proposals for the Landsat 7 follow-on mission, called the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM), leaving the future continuity of Landsat data in question. 8 However, the NPOESS program continued to suffer from budget overruns and technical problems with several key sensors. 9 As of March 2010, plans called for the launch of LDCM in December 2012. Landsat is emblematic of the problems that can arise in multiagency programs.

The responsibility for oversight of the Landsat program has shifted from NASA, to NOAA, to NOAA/private industry, to DOD/NASA (overlapping with NOAA/private industry), to NASA/NOAA, to NASA/NOAA/USGS, and to NASA/USGS. S. Geological Survey. Figure 2-1 Bitmapped user base which further complicated the establishment and implementation of interagency collaboration. Landsat is an example of how the needs of external stakeholders, when not explicitly acknowledged and accommodated at the outset of a collaboration, can result in impediments to interagency collaboration.

Namely, what is the extent to which interagency missions might lead to more missions executed at NASA centers versus development of missions with significant university involvement? The JDEM experience would suggest that when agencies split project roles, university roles are diminished, with a concomitant loss of intellectual capital, innovation, and opportunity to benefit from the project as a training ground for future scientific and technical workforce. NASA-NOAA INTERAGENCY COLLABORATION27 NASA’s history of collaboration with NOAA dates to the start of the space age.

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