Case Study 7—Designing Instruments for Space Flight
This chapter provides a general format for designing instruments for spacecraft. The two chapters that follow will provide specific instantiations of this format. I have drawn on several decades of experience from different people for this chapter and case study. Often a team of 20 or 30 or more work, at least part time, on any instrument
destined for space flight. The team comprises scientists, engineers, technicians, fabrication personnel, and administrative staff. The effort to develop the instrument can take anywhere from 2 to 4 years. The fabrication requires a number of resources including circuit board fabrication and assembly, machine work, and test facilities; these activities can take place in many different locations.