Steps to Facilitate Principal-Investigator-Led Earth Science Missions

59bcd4b229fb8.jpg Author Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, National Research Council, and Space Studies Board
Isbn 9780309091855
File size 4.32MB
Year 2004
Pages 94
Language English
File format PDF
Category Astronomy

Book Description:

Principal-investigator (PI) Earth science missions are small, focused science projects involving relatively small spacecraft. The selected PI is responsible for the scientific and programmatic success of the entire project. A particular objective of PI-led missions has been to help develop university-based research capacity. Such missions, however, pose significant challenges that are beyond the capabilities of most universities to manage. To help NASA’s Office of Earth Science determine how best to address these, the NRC carried out an assessment of key issues relevant to the success of university-based PI-led Earth observation missions. This report presents the result of that study. In particular, the report provides an analysis of opportunities to enhance such missions and recommendations about whether and, if so, how they should be used to build university-based research capabilities.


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