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Investigation and development of a project plan for the REXUS/BEXUS near-space launch programme
2009 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

REXUS/BEXUS is a near-space launch programme providing university students with the opportunity to fly their experiments aboard rockets and balloons. This is made possible through the joint efforts of SNSB, DLR Space Agency, SSC, DLR and ESA Education. Previously, although planning has occurred in tandem and by agreement with all the parties, no singular project plan document for the programme has been created. Although operating together under the EuroLaunch Cooperation Agreement for the organisation and management of the programme, SSC and DLR both created separate plans at the beginning of the current REXUS/BEXUS programme. In order to remedy the discrepancies between the separate project plans and how work has actually progressed, a joint EuroLaunch Project Plan is to be developed. Due to the complexity and scope of the project, certain topics in particular needed to be reviewed and developed. The requirements which were not explicitly defined previously were addressed by reviewing the previous documentation sources and establishing a set of requirements to which the programme must address. Due to the close cooperation, a decomposition of the work involved was conducted to a high level of detail so that responsibilities were clear. In order to manage all this data, a work breakdown visualization system was developed through which an extended task list database could be transformed into a large graphical representation of the project for tracking and further planning work. Analysis of scheduling requirements was conducted by looking at past progress and a simple schedule was created to address the needs of the programme. The EuroLaunch Project Plan for REXUS/BEXUS nears completion with the work presented here. There is some analysis and estimation that must be done outside of the scope of this thesis before it can go through a three phase review process to ensure that the project plan is a true representation of the programme.

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Keyword [en]
Technology, REXUS, BEXUS, balloons, rockets, projects, management, programmes, WBS, scheduling, students, objectives, requirements, project plans, work breakdown structures, XML, XSL, Java, documentation, EuroLaunch, Esrange, SSC, DLR
Keyword [sv]
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-57095ISRN: LTU-PB-EX--09/061--SELocal ID: dcc24cc6-fecc-4e23-b579-384a11565df0OAI: diva2:1030482
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Student thesis, at least 30 credits
Educational program
Space Engineering, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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