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Beginning with the basic elements that differentiate space programs from other management challenges, Space Program Management explains through theory and example of real programs from around the world, the philosophical and technical tools needed to successfully manage large, technically complex space programs both in the government and commercial environment. Chapters address both systems and configuration management, the management of risk, estimation, measurement and control of both funding and the program schedule, and the structure of the aerospace industry worldwide.

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Chapter 1. Space Activities: A Peculiar Economical, Political, and Industrial Sector

In the twentieth century, man on the mechanical wings of technological and industrial progress conquered the frontiers of air and space. Space relatively near the Earth’s surface, between 12,000 m altitude from Earth, has become a polluted area of traffic and life because of the increase in air transport. Only a few hundred men and women have crossed outer space, beyond 100 km, in the last 50 years.
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 2. Space Program Management

Program management has to ensure the success of a project, and therefore this is the main objective of the management team. Success is based on the industrial project and on maintaining commitments made in terms of cost estimates, maintaining time schedules and achieving results.
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 3. Marketing of Space Programs

In terms of economics, marketing is required when supply is greater than demand. This occurs when products, or projects, offered by industries and companies are greater than the number of customers who can buy the products, or finance the projects.
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 4. Methods and Tools of Space Programs Management

Before detailing the management techniques of a space program, let us define once more the players who interact during the program:
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 5. Risk Management of Space Programs

The risk management of space systems is a process which is expressed through the dual determination of “Reliability and Security” requirements during the program development phase and their control during the operational phase.
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 6. Cost Management in Space Programs

When a young person expresses the desire to have a career as an engineer, which type of work does he or she have in mind?
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 7. Financial Management of Space Programs

In this chapter the financial aspects of space programs will be analyzed, meaning the available forms of financing for them with particular reference to private financing and the methods and tools of commercial, economic-financial evaluation in space programs.
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 8. Management of Small, Low-Cost Space Programs: A New Paradigm

Small spacecrafts were the first spacecrafts, which pioneered all of the major applications of space (excepting human space flight) including spacecraft technology (Sputnik, 83 kg, 1957) space research (Explorer 1, 14 kg, 1958), remote sensing of the earth (Explorer 6, 64 kg, 1959), and communications (from low earth orbit, Telstar, 77 kg, 1962, from GEO Syncom 2, 35 kg, 1963).
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

Chapter 9. Examples of Management Applied to Different Space Programs

Here below three different types of space programs are described. The focus on the program management provides points of views for understanding strategies and methods to achieve a successful space mission.
Marcello Spagnulo, Rick Fleeter, Mauro Balduccini, Federico Nasini

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