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Journal of Reducing Space Mission Cost

Published/Hosted by Springer. ISSN (printed): 1385-7479. ISSN (electronic): 1572-9621.

The Journal of Reducing Space Mission Cost is an archival journal devoted to documenting both low-cost and reduced-cost space missions components and approaches to space launch and operations. Because low cost reduced cost and cost-effectiveness are relative terms papers are encouraged on the metrics by which cost and cost-effectiveness should be evaluated. Because cost is the key characteristic of all papers in the Journal and is critical to establishing a contribution as truly low cost or reduced cost the presentation of actual or projected costs and cost savings is strongly encouraged. Process changes appropriate to reducing cost or improving cost-effectiveness are appropriate for discussion; however purely philosophical or political arguments are not. The scope of the Journal will range from all aspects of low-cost LightSats and MicroSats to methods for reducing cost on major programs such as Space Station interplanetary exploration or lunar colonization. In addition it will cover discussions on projects aimed at reducing cost and improving cost-effectiveness within traditional programs. The inter-relationship between cost quality and reliability is very important and will also be discussed. A major goal of the Journal of Reducing Space Mission Cost is to bring scholarly professional research norms and values to this critical problem of space exploration where conversations and reports are frequently dominated by hearsay and unsubstantiated claims. To ensure that contributions are of the highest quality all papers are refereed by senior professionals within the community and revised until they meet an appropriate high standard of quality scholarship and professionalism. Because of the nature of the topic divergent and potentially controversial contributions are strongly encouraged. However such contributions will be subjected to substantial questioning and review to ensure that the ideas presented have been developed in sufficient depth to be potentially realistic and productive.

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