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Life Cycle Cost Growth Study – 20 Science Mission Directorate (SMD) Missions

Management Track



Previous studies have concentrated on examining development cost growth, excluding launch vehicle, mission operations and data analysis. This study looks at cost growth from a Life Cycle Cost perspective, including launch vehicle and mission operations and data analysis. Costs are separated into major WBS elements to see if any elements are more likely to have cost growth than others. The different WBS elements are tracked over time with snapshots of costs at major milestones to see where in the project life cycle the cost growth occurs.


Claude Freaner
Mr. Claude Freaner has worked in the cost estimating field in industry and at NASA Headquarters for the last 34 years. As part of his duties, Claude is responsible for independent cost assessment of proposed and ongoing missions within NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Claude received the 2006 NASA Cost Estimating Leadership Award which is given “to provide recognition to an individual who has brought leadership and inspiration to the space cost community in activities such as championing a cause, leading and mentoring others in the space cost community, acting as a strong cost advocate, and garnering the respect of his cost peers.” Claude has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from the University of Idaho, a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in Management Science from San Diego State University, certifications in Cost Analysis and Program Management and is a Certified Parametric Practitioner.