Accession Number : ADA589849


Title :   Replacement Capability Options for the United States Space Shuttle


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Buehler, Matthew D


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a589849.pdf


Report Date : Sep 2013


Pagination or Media Count : 101


Abstract : After having invested millions of dollars into the International Space Station (ISS) and retiring the Space Shuttle, NASA and the U.S. are in the rare position of not having an operational human space lift program to reach the ISS or any location in space. This is truly an unusual time period in the history of NASA manned spaceflight. This thesis addresses the human spaceflight, Up Mass (launch a payload into space), and Down Mass (return payload from space) capabilities of the U.S. Space Shuttle and assesses options to regain these capabilities now that the Space Shuttle is retired. The research in this thesis was done with unclassified and public-domain information and was used to evaluate and propose options for mitigating the capability gaps left by the end of the United States Space Shuttle program. No current or planned system can fulfill all the capabilities that the Space Shuttle was able to provide. However, there are current/future domestic and foreign systems that can or will address these capabilities individually.


Descriptors :   *SPACE SHUTTLES , CREWS , SPACE STATIONS , THESES


Subject Categories : Manned Spacecraft


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE