THE CHALLENGE OF REENGINEERING IN THE FABRICATION OF FLIGHT ELECTRONICS
Authorde Silveira, Carl
AffiliationCalifornia Institute of Technology
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AbstractAs we adopt and implement the doctrines of reengineering, we at NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) are asked to make a giant leap in how we think of and design SpaceCraft. We call what we are doing a revolution, since we are not “evolving” to the next step in our activity, but literally leaping beyond it. This is fully in concert with the concepts of reengineering, in that areas that need to be changed are indeed literally invented anew. To be successful, JPL and its industry partners, must perfect processes, techniques and methods that allow them to work together at all levels of the SpaceCraft development cycle. If all other parts of the discipline have moved on and changed, but a key portion remains locked in a time warp of yesterday, we will not be able to reach our desired goal. At the present time change is occurring all over JPL, and it is our intent to describe how it applies to areas where prototype, or one of a kind hardware are fabricated, and how these areas might look when new approaches to doing business are applied. Since all activities in an organization must attain similar levels of expertise or be in danger of hampering the entire process, the issues of Packaging Engineering, Manufactureability, and fabrication become key items.
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