Critical Design Review (CDR)
The Critical Design Review (CDR) is the third of three design reviews and the final gate in the design process. The time between PDR and CDR should be used to finalize the design of your payload. CDR marks the point in a design where all major components have been decided on. By CDR all schematics are complete, all wiring diagrams are complete, most mechanical drawings are complete, mechanical assemblies have been completed, software flow is fully defined, all other subsystems are clearly defined and meet their design to specifications, and plans are in place for the manufacturing and testing of the project. Key results of final analysis and prototyping should also bring confidence to areas of high risk presented at PDR. New risks (and potential mitigation) should also be presented. Reviewers should walk away from a CDR feeling comfortable that the project will succeed. Ask yourself... If I were funding this project, would I sign the check?
In addition to the slides below, each team is required to submit the following items:
1) Mechanical Drawings
2) Electrical Schematics
3) Power Budget