June 15, 2016

Preamble

Due to diversity of the projects and participants involved, the production of a space subassembly demands a high level of cooperation and true methodological uniformity.

This is the underlying concept behind these guidelines which are designed to be a true working tool for use at all levels and a unifying basis for future projects.

These guidelines are a common methodological resource intended for laboratories, companies, manufacturers and CNES managers in charge of developing products. They aim to provide them with support in project management and empower them with regards to space agencies.

They have been drafted using the CNES Standard Reference (RNC) which brings together the best practices in the space sector. It is based on the general principles set out in the RNC, applying to all stages - from the definition of mission objectives through to removal from service. The information presented in this guide has been streamlined and tailored in relation to the RNC, while satisfying the same basic requirements and remaining consistent with it.

Within the framework of CNES projects, the RNC remains the reference to be applied for the selection of contractual specifications governing the relations between the various parties and defining the responsibilities and expected results. However, for certain limited-scope projects developed by SMEs/SMIs and/or laboratories, this Guide may be used, enabling a more flexible and simpler application of the RNC.

Within the framework of CNES projects, the RNC remains the reference to be applied for the selection of contractual specifications governing the relations between the various parties and defining the responsibilities and expected results. However, for certain limited-scope projects developed by SMEs/SMIs and/or laboratories, this Guide may be used, enabling a more flexible and simpler application of the RNC.

This new version has been updated on the basis of feedback from laboratories and CNES.

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