Today’s post is part of a special series here on Planet Pailly called Sciency Words. Each week, we take a closer look at an interesting science or science-related term to help us all expand our scientific vocabularies together. Today’s term is:
What do you call it when a space mission that’s supposed to look like this…
… turns out looking more like this?
It’s called descoping.
Descoping is a term, apparently used at NASA and other space agencies, for when the “scope” of a mission is reduced, usually due to budgetary concerns. At least being descoped is better than being canceled outright, although I can easily imagine missions being descoped to the point that they may as well be canceled.
It seems the term can also apply to military hardware that, once again for budgetary reasons, had to be scaled down. So the verb “to descope” could be doubly useful for science fiction writers.
P.S.: I’d planned to write more for today, but due to budgetary concerns, this blog post has been descoped.