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Title: Cost Model Comparison : a study of internally and commercially developed cost models in use by NASA
Authors: Gupta, Garima
Keywords: cost drivers
mission lifecycle
cost models
Issue Date: 22-Sep-2011
Publisher: Pasadena, CA : Jet Propulsion Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, 2011.
Citation: SURF (Caltech/JPL Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship)
Abstract: NASA makes use of numerous cost models to accurately estimate the cost of various components of a mission – hardware, software, mission/ground operations – during the different stages of a mission’s lifecycle. The purpose of this project was to survey these models and determine in which respects they are similar and in which they are different. The initial survey included a study of the cost drivers for each model, the form of each model (linear/exponential/other CER, range/point output, capable of risk/sensitivity analysis), and for what types of missions and for what phases of a mission lifecycle each model is capable of estimating cost. The models taken into consideration consisted of both those that were developed by NASA and those that were commercially developed: GSECT, NAFCOM, SCAT, QuickCost, PRICE, and SEER. Once the initial survey was completed, the next step in the project was to compare the cost models’ capabilities in terms of Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) elements. This final comparison was then portrayed in a visual manner with Venn diagrams. All of the materials produced in the process of this study were then posted on the Ground Segment Team (GST) Wiki.
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