A Methodology for Development of Spaced-Based Assembly Operations

by Scott Peppin, Douglas Space Systems Co, Houston, United States,
Jeff Morrow, Douglas Space Systems Co, Houston, United States,
Joel Loudenslager, Douglas Space Systems Co, Houston, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


Designing and constructing a large space-based science facility requires the integration of constraints and design variables with assembly operations. Development of such a facility requires a process considering assembly techniques, duration of interim stages, contingency allowances, crew allocations, safety, and analytical inputs from many other areas. Development of assembly operations must include payload delivery constraints, system activation and startup requirements, and resource management guidelines. Each step of the assembly process must leave a survivable structure compatible with future assembly procedures. The Assembly Operations group at McDonnell Douglas Space Systems Company-Space Station Division has developed a methodology for including assembly operations in the design process. This methodology requires an analysis of assembly operations and associated impacts before development of operational procedures and manufacture of flight hardware. This methodology aids in the development of assembly operations satisfying operational constraints and requirements by improving integration between hardware, software, and operations. Application of this methodology increases efficiency in scheduling and cost control. Use of these processes helps guarantee successful assembly of a space facility.

Subject Headings: Building design | Space stations | Space structures | Space exploration | Management methods | Resource management | Safety | Payloads

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