Long-Range Planning Cost Model for Support of Future Space Missions by the NASA Deep Space Network

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A cost estimate is a prediction of the time profile of costs to meet an objective such as producing a product, designing a compiler or sending a space mission to Mars. Often the variables that affect the cost of project are either not known or are partially known. This implies that the persons making cost estimates will have to reply on available historical records and data and also on their logical reasoning and expertise to establish some realistic preliminary cost estimates.

The objective of this study is to provide an early order-of-magnitude cost estimate for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Deep Space Network (DSN) to support a new space mission at a time when details of teh mission are usually sparse [14].

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