A GAME THEORETIC APPROACH TO SPACE VEHICLE PRELAUNCH ACTIVITIES SCHEDULING,
RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF
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Two plausible objectives for the sequence of prelaunch activities for a space vehicle are 1 to maximize the probability that the countdown is successful in the sense that it terminates either with a vehicle that is launch ready or else the countdown is wisely aborted, and 2 to maximize the probability that each countdown culminates in a successful launch. These two objectives, while superficially similar, do not, in general, result in the same preferred sequences. This paper, which proves the foregoing assertion, uses the second objective in exploring the application of Game Theory to the problem of developing a preferred sequence.