Accession Number : ADA454913


Title :   National Security Space Launch Report


Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : McCartney, Forrest


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a454913.pdf


Report Date : Jan 2006


Pagination or Media Count : 103


Abstract : On January 20, 2004, Congress in House Resolution 4200 directed the Secretary of Defense to establish a panel of experts with extensive space launch and operations background to address the future National Security Space (NSS) launch requirements and the means of meeting those requirements. The Department of Defense (Do) selected the RAND Corporation to facilitate and support this panel in its deliberations between May 2005 and May 2006. After a comprehensive review and assessment of the future NSS launch requirements, the National Security Space Launch Requirements Panel concluded that the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) program can satisfy all known and projected NSS requirements through 2020. The yearlong fact finding and analysis (between May 2005 and May 2006) of this Panel derived many findings on NSS requirements and the means of satisfying them. We introduce them here. A more complete account of the Panel's findings and judgments is found in the body of this report, and, accordingly, a study of the entire document is recommended.


Descriptors :   *NATIONAL SECURITY , *LAUNCH VEHICLES , REQUIREMENTS , DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE , ASTRONAUTICS , SPACE MISSIONS , PAYLOAD


Subject Categories : Military Intelligence
      Unmanned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE