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Old Lessons for a New Generation

By Marty Davis The seventeen-ton Compton Gamma-Ray Observatory (or CGRO), launched aboard the space shuttle Atlantis on April 5, 1991, was, at the time, the heaviest astrophysical payload ever flown.

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Managing the Unexpected

By Marty Davis About a year and a half ago, I sent all of my people — the support contractors and the civil servants alike — to risk management training.

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A Good Man Is Hard to Find

By Marty Davis Every project has its stories. The ones we usually want to tell are the outright success stories — but the ones we also need to hear are the “things we did wrong and should have known better.”

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Scheduling in the Real World

By Marty Davis A decade ago when I came to the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) program, we had one limping spacecraft, plus a satellite rented from the Europeans. I had to start by assuming, essentially, that we had no resources in orbit.

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Horse Trading

By Marty Davis Background Successful commercial contractors (e.g., Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Space Systems/Loral) build lots of very good commercial communication systems satellites, and that happens to be the class of satellite we’re using in the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES) Program.

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Tangled Up in Reviews

By Marty Davis Start Dreaming Let me tell you about a dream I have. This is one of those dreams with a capital D. It’s not the kind of dream in which you wake up feeling refreshed and well rested; rather, this is the kind of dream that keeps you up at night, wondering how […]

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