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Engineering Research Program



otter The JPL Office of the Chief Engineer manages an engineering research program directed at achieving or maintaining JPL technical excellence in key areas. Over 25 research tasks are supported in the following areas:
  • Engineering standards development
  • Systems excellence initiatives
  • Software engineering complexity/maturity initiatives
  • Spacecraft fault management
  • Engineering knowledge capture
  • Spacecraft technology feasibility studies
  • Exploration architectures


Proposals for New Research Tasks are Solicited

JPL engineers are encouraged to define new areas of research that would advance JPL and NASA spacecraft systems and missions, and that match NASA funding priorities. In late January or early February the NASA Office of the Chief Engineer (NASA OCE) issues guidance to the NASA Centers on RTOP (Research & Technology Objectives & Plans) funding opportunities for the following fiscal year. Those who wish to propose new tasks should be prepared for this notice, or "POP Call." Prior to issuance of the POP (Program Operating Plan) Call, you may wish to identify a prospective NASA OCE sponsor and prepare a draft RTOP "Level 2 Plan." Final JPL RTOP submissions are then due to NASA HQ in late March, with a HQ decision on the results of the POP Call made in late April.
                 





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