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Solutioneering: Shaping 'Necessity' for Satellite Missions on a Fixed Budget

Plato once said, “Necessity is the mother of invention.”

But when you look back to the very beginning of spaceflight, you will see that a little competition plays a big role in shaping this necessity. Competitors in the early days were primarily focused on two objectives: demonstrate impressive technological capability, and do it faster than the other guy. As national security was at stake, the cost of achieving these objectives was not a driving consideration. Good consequence? New consumer markets “feeding” on rapidly emerging space technologies; a healthy and robust economy. Bad consequence? A relatively poor understanding of how much achieving specific objectives would actually cost with inefficiencies stripped away.

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23 May 20160 Comments0 Comments