An Analysis of the Centaur Ground Processing System at the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral AFS.
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This project determined the capability and limitations of the new ShuttleCentaur ground processing system at the Kennedy Space CenterCape Canaveral AFS FL. In particular, it investigates whether or not the system could process four Centaur vehicles in a one year period. To determine the systems capability two tools were developed a PERT network graph and a SLAM simulation model of the system. The output from these two sources formed the basis for the analysis of the system. The PERT network was constructed using data from the Centaur Program Office and from Cape Canaveral AFS FL. The critical path through the network was also identified. Analysis of the PERT network indicated that it will take over 230 days to process one Centaur vehicle and that there is no slack time in the processing schedule. The SLAM model was built for the proposed system and simulation runs were conducted using versions of the processing system with modified elements, i.e. increased facilities. These runs indicated that additional resources must be procured if the system is to reach four flight per year processing rate. AS currently configured, the system can support only two flights a year. Keywords Florida Centaur launch vehicles Launching sites Computerized simulation Ground support equipment, PERT, and Critical path method. Theses
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