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NASA and Smallsat Cost Estimation Overview and Model Tools

Speaker: Michael Saing, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
10:00AM-11:00AM Pacific Daylight Time

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Abstract: NASA’s investments and launch opportunities for small satellite missions have increased over the past decade. Small satellites have been proven to be a good platform to demonstrate spacecraft and payload technologies, rapid development times, as well as offer a compelling return on science. Many commonly asked questions in the early formulation phases are: “How much does it cost?” and “What tools are available to estimate costs?” This talk will go over basic cost estimation methods, commercial cost model tools available to NASA centers, and an introduction to the upcoming web-based NASA CubeSat and microsat cost model tool called COMPACT (CubeSat or Microsat Probabilistic Analogy Cost Tool).
The work described here was performed at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology, under contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Biosketch: Michael Saing is a Systems Engineer in the Project Systems Engineering and Formulation Section at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL). He is the cost chair lead and deputy systems engineer for JPL’s concurrent engineering design team – TeamX, TeamXc, and (Architecture) A-Team. Michael is active within NASA and JPL Small Sat community. He is tasked by NASA Headquarters particularly focusing on data collection, analysis, and cost modeling for small satellites/cubesats. Michael also serves as cost reviewer for proposals for NASA and JPL. He graduated with an Aerospace Engineering degree from CSU Long Beach in Southern California. Prior to joining JPL, Michael started his NASA career at the Ames Research Center in Mountain View, CA where he led the cubesat data collection and research in nano/micro-sat costs modeling. He is also a recipient of a few costs related awards including NASA Early Career Public Achievement Medal Award, NASA Contractor Cost Estimator of the Year Award, and various awards at JPL for his work and contribution in cost model development and support. He has also authored and co-authored a few cost related publication and presentation. His interests are in the areas of astrophysics and planetary science, telescopes and remote sensing instruments, and satellite constellation and swarms mission and technologies.

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