Probable Impacts of Space Operations on Air Force Civil Engineering

by John W. Mogge, Jr., Air Force Engineering and Services, Cent, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Engineering, Construction, and Operations in Space II


Consider the bridge from today's space programs and systems to tomorrow's space reality. Current space policy is revoluntionary in nature. Selected space related programs such as transportation systems, space control, space weapons and power have potential to effect change. Revolutionary characteristics are present in many of these programs and activities. Support concepts, specifically space logistics, engineering and space facilities, relate to these space programs and have evolutionary and revolutionary potential. Future considerations include an approach for civil engineers to develop their space support missions. The approach has four basic tenets: visualization of space as the basis of global power, focusing attention on the linkages between space policy and technology, acceptance of a bias for action in space, and the normalization of space functions in civil engineering mission areas.

Subject Headings: Space stations | Control systems | Aircraft and spacecraft | Weapons | Imaging techniques | Energy engineering | Systems engineering | Orbits | United States

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