Normal Accidents and Logistics in Space Operations

by Alexander K. Bocast, OASD (P&L) S/AS&T, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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

Abstract: Unpredictable systemic accidents, normal accidents, will occur in highly-complex large-scale space systems. To mitigate the catastrophic consequences of normal accidents, containment engineering will need to rely upon adequate logistics infrastructures provided by transform logistics channels to minimize consequential risk to target systems. The resource requirements of such an in situ logistics infrastructure to support the primary logistics channels of target systems may be orders of magnitude larger than current models estimate.

Subject Headings: Logistics | Accidents | Infrastructure | Systems engineering | Risk management | Field tests | Aerospace engineering | Disasters

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