SEI In-Space Operations and Support Challenges

by Ronald Caldwell, Rockwell Int Space Systems Div, Downey, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

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


The initial architectures and mission concepts for Space Exploration Initiative (SEI) are being studied to expand the manned space exploration capability. To support assessment of operational support techniques, a need exists to develop Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) analytical tools and assessment processes. Operations and support analyses can help determine the best approach to support the SEI mission from a design, operations, and cost aspect. The greatest challenge to the SEI program is not only to get to the Moon and Mars but to maintain an operational capability over an extended period. Without an accurate prediction of maintenance, wear out, and resource needs, the program may not meet the operational requirements established during mission planning and implementation phases. It is a requirement for the SEI community to develop analytical models that measure support requirements at a very high confidence level. With historical operations and support data it is our premise that quantitative modeling techniques can determine these needs.

Subject Headings: Space exploration | Logistics | Architecture | Benefit cost ratios | Moon | Mars | Maintenance and operation | Urban and regional development | United States

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