In Session 4, Program Formulation: The Role of Cost Estimation, Technical Evaluation, and Budget Projections in Prioritizing Missions, panelists discussed the Cost Assessment and Technical Evaluation (CATE) process used in some of the decadal surveys, how that process has evolved, and how CATE affects the science program formulation and mission prioritization.

Moderator: Steve Battel (President, Battel Engineering; Member, Workshop Planning Committee)
Panelists:
-David Bearden (General Manager, NASA Programs, The Aerospace Corporation)
-Jay Bookbinder (Astrophysicist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory)
-Randy Friedl (Deputy Director for Research, Jet Propulsion Laboratory; Associate Director, UCLA Joint Institute for Regional Earth System Science & Engineering; Member, Earth Science and Applications from Space Decadal Survey)
-Scott Hubbard (Professor, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University; Member, Committee on Astrobiology and Planetary Science)
-Harlan Spence (Director, Institute for the Study of Earth, Oceans and Space, University of New Hampshire; Member, Heliophysics Decadal Survey)

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