Accession Number : ADA258141


Title :   Public Space Launch Acquisition: A Comparative Case Study


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS


Personal Author(s) : Leeson, Kenneth R ; Rosen, Lee W


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258141.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 139


Abstract : This study analyzes three commonly practiced approaches to Government acquisition of space launch services. These approaches are employed by The U.S. Air Force, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the Strategic Defense Initiative Organization. The literature review provides a comprehensive overview of the commercial space launch industry and details critical perspectives on commercial, launch. Launch contracts which were representative of each organization's acquisition procedures were investigated and evaluated along several critical issues and elements of the space launch acquisition process. These issues included payload characteristics, government oversight, contractor incentives, insurance, liability and cost. The critical issues and elements were determined by using the Delphi method to survey 25 experts in the space launch field. Archival contractual data from the three government agencies were obtained and found many inconsistencies among the different agencies' acquisition procedures. The thesis ends with a recommendation for a hybrid acquisition approach encompassing the strengths of the three cases. Space launch, Acquisition, Expendable launch vehicle, Contracting.


Descriptors :   *ACQUISITION , *LAUNCH VEHICLES , AIR FORCE , PAYLOAD , CONTRACTS , CONTRACTORS , AERONAUTICS , SURVEYS , INSURANCE , EXPENDABLE , STRATEGIC DEFENSE INITIATIVE , COSTS , THESES , MANAGEMENT , INDUSTRIES , ORGANIZATIONS


Subject Categories : Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Astronautics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE