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NASA Heavy-Lift Vehicle Audit

NASA Heavy-Lift Vehicle Audit

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INDEPENDENT COST ASSESSMENT OF THESPACE LAUNCH SYSTEM, MULTI-PURPOSECREW VEHICLE AND 21
ST
CENTURY GROUNDSYSTEMS PROGRAMS
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY OF FINAL REPORT
 
AUGUST 19
TH
, 2011
 
Booz | Allen | Hamilton
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Executive Summary
Task Overview
NASA engaged Booz Allen Hamilton to perform independent assessments of cost and scheduleestimates (hereafter referred to as Independent Cost Assessments, or ICAs) developed by the SpaceLaunch System (SLS), Multi-Purpose Crew Vehicle (MPCV), and 21
st
Century Ground System (21CGS)Programs, and to assess the sufficiency of reserves contained in the estimates. It is important to notethat an ICA is not a cost estimate, but rather, it is an assessment of existing cost estimates and thedocumentation and practices used to generate them.The estimates of this assessment were generated by the three Programs as part of their response to anAnalysis of Alternatives (AoA). The AoA was commissioned by the Human Exploration and Operations
Directorate (HEO) to evaluate candidates for NASA’s post
-Space Shuttle manned space flightarchitecture.
Figure 1: Program Project Milestones
Not all of the estimates have the same level of maturity due to each program’s resp
ective lifecyclephase. Both 21CGS and SLS can be characterized as Pre-Phase A programs, whereas MPCV can becharacterized as Phase B since it has held portions of its Preliminary Design Review (PDR) process, buthas not completed it due the changes in the other parts of the architecture. Due to the numerousalternatives considered as part of the AoA which began in March, and a final determination of thePlanning, Programming, Budgeting & Execution (PPBE) architecture in June, each Program was limited inthe time they had available to develop their estimates. In many cases, the documentation was beingcreated in parallel with the ICA review and was updated from previous estimates due to timeconstraints. The Booz Allen ICA Team (subsequently referred to as the ICA Team) worked as closely aspossible with program personnel to obtain and evaluate all appropriate documentation. Since the AoA
estimates form the basis of NASA’s long
-term PPBE submission they have been reviewed according tostandards typically associated with full life-cycle cost estimates.
Human SpaceFlight ProjectEvents andReviewsImplementation
Phase A: Concept & TechnologyDevelopment
   P    h   a   s   e   C   P    h   a   s   e   D   P    h   a   s   e   E   P    h   a   s   e   F
BaselineProject Plan
FormulationNASA LifeCycle PhasesProject LifeCycle Phases
SRRSDR (PNAR)PDR(NAR)
ApprovalPhase B: Prelim Design & TechCompletion
 
Pre-Phase A: Concept Studies
MCRFAD

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