In November, AIAA will call for papers for SPACE 2017. Here’s one of mine:
Can your sustainment organization affordably observe and assess your complex ground and space system so that risks to continued service life are identified with enough lead time to mitigate? At SPACE 2016, the Complex System Sustainment Management Model was explained and applied to commercial space. At SciTech 2017, first steps in implementing the sustainment management model were presented with focus on risk identification. The next most important area is system observation which is described in this paper. It describes how a sustainment organization can create an affordable program that allows top management to keep your complex capabilities functioning as long as possible. And avoid expensive wholesale replacements.