Information on Critical Design Review
The Critical Design Review is one of the
major systems engineering reviews conducted towards the end of Detailed
Design & Development and will normally mark the end of
the activity and the beginning of Construction and/or Production.
be a single system-level Critical Design Review or
an individual Critical Design Review for each configuration
item. In practice a combined approach is used where a
review is conducted for each configuration item and then a
system-level review is conducted to ratify results and address interface
and integration issues.
The Critical Design Review evaluates
the detailed design effort and approves the Product Specifications and
related products and establishes the Product Baseline.
The Critical Design Review will also review discrepancies from the Preliminary Design
Review and will assess the progress of technical performance measures.
Looking ahead, the Critical Design Review determines readiness
for hardware fabrication and for software coding. It is not
called a 'critical' review lightly since any defects in the
design at this stage will be built in the following
All major documentation and plans are reviewed.
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