Carrying out a deep space mission like Sentinel will be a complicated undertaking because a single mistake can doom a mission to failure. Once Sentinel is launched into orbit around the Sun, it will be difficult or impossible to re-engineer or fix something that does not work as planned. Successful deep space missions have historically relied upon an independent review team both to provide advice and to look for flaws in the technical plans that slipped past the project managers.
With this in mind, the B612 Foundation formed the Sentinel Special Review Team. We have brought together one of the most experienced technical teams in the world, along with an outstanding business leadership team to design, build and operate the Sentinel Mission.
The Sentinel Special Review Team (SSRT) is an independent advisory committee, selected by the B612 Foundation to review the processes, technology and techniques used by B612 and its contractors in the development of the Sentinel Space Telescope. The SSRT provides the B612 Foundation with unbiased technical and management advice to help the B612 Foundation manage the Sentinel project and increase the chances of ultimate success.
Members of the B612 Sentinel SSRT have been selected on the basis of their experience in the development and operation of deep space systems or with asteroid detection, tracking and characterization. The Chair is responsible for assembling the SSRT reports at periodic reviews, which includes the individual members’ assessments and a summary statement of the SSRT findings. These reports are presented to the B612 Mission Director Harold Reitsema, who can also call upon the SSRT to evaluate technical and management issues on an as needed basis.
In addition, NASA has agreed, through a Space Act Agreement, to provide technical consulting to B612 during the requirements definition, design, and development phases, during design reviews, and for issue-specific purposes through the NASA Technical Consulting Team (NTCT). Members of the NTCT participate in Sentinel program reviews with the B612 SSRT. Profiles can be found at: http://neo.jpl.nasa.gov/NTCT/members.pdf
Thomas GavinChair, Sentinel Special Review Team
Robert L. Berry
Paul J. Jones
George D. Pace