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Course Description

One Session Only:
        July 24-28, 2017
        Jet Propulsion Laboratory,
        Pasadena, California

Application Deadline:
April 3, 2017

Notification of Selection:
By April 21, 2017

PSSS is an intensive one-week team exercise at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Project Design Center, preceded by a series of about 10 weekly preparatory webinars and assignments (requiring 4-6 hours per week), to learn the process of developing a robotic planetary exploration mission concept into reality through concurrent engineering, mentored by members of JPL’s advance project design team “Team X”.

During the preparatory webinars, students select the mission and science goals from options based on high-priority missions as defined by the scientific community, and develop a preliminary suite of instrumentation and science traceability matrix. Students have both a science team role and a mission development role with a JPL Team X mentor.

Once at JPL, students participate in a series of Team X project design sessions — their mentors aid them in finalizing the design of their mission and instrument suite, and in making the necessary trade-offs to stay within the cost cap. Tours of JPL facilities highlight the end-to-end mission life cycle. At week’s end, students present their Concept Study to a “proposal review board” of JPL scientists and engineers and NASA Headquarters executives, who feed back the strengths and weaknesses of their proposal and mission design.

PSSS Schedule for 2015



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