Impact of Activation Optimization on the Vandenberg Ground Support System Using Q-GERT Analysis.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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The purpose of this thesis was to determine the impact of the changes made to the Vandenberg AFB CA Ground Support System by Activation Optimization in particular determining the annual launch rate from the Vandenberg Launch Site. A simulation approach, using Q-GERT analysis, was taken to accomplish the research objective. A Q-GERT model of the Vandenberg Ground Support System was developed and, once validated, the output used to determine the annual launch rate. Analysis of these results indicated that the Ground Support System, as changed by Activation Optimization, would be able to meet the Air Force Program Management Directive PMD schedule for launches for the Vandenberg Launch Site. This analysis also revealed several potential bottlenecks in the system, identifying the launch pad as the primary constraint. Further sensitivity analysis indicated, however, that for the Vandenberg Launch Site to be able to meet higher launch rates than seven launches per year the physical expansion of certain facilities must be accomplished. Originator-supplied keywords include Space shuttle, space transportation system, and space operations.
- Numerical Mathematics
- Ground Support Systems and Facilities for Space Vehicles