NASA's 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School

NASA's 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School NASA's 25th Annual Planetary Science Summer School
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An intensive one-week team exercise, preceded by several weekly webinars and assignments, to learn the process of developing a robotic mission concept into reality through concurrent engineering. Limited funds are available to provide partial support for travel and lodging.

The trainees will participate in a team activity to develop an early mission concept study, working with JPL's Advanced Projects Design Team ("Team X") and other concurrent engineering teams. Using JPL's Project Design Center, trainees will assume roles including principal investigator, project manager, and mission and system designers. They will be mentored and assisted by Team X members. The student teams will carry out the equivalent of a mission concept study responsive to a typical NASA Science Mission Directorate Announcement of Opportunity, prepare a presentation for a proposal authorization review, present it to a review board, and receive feedback. Student teams will select the mission concept topic from options presented by the course sponsors, based on high-priority missions as defined by the science community. Prior to the week-long session, a series of reading assignments and webinars will help trainees develop a good understanding of top-level science requirements and instrument priorities in advance.