Large Space Structures Fielding Plan
Final technical rept.
CONSTRUCTION ENGINEERING RESEARCH LAB (ARMY) CHAMPAIGN IL
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As the U.S. space program advances, there will be a need for large space structures LSS to support different space missions. Construction of extraterrestrial base or extraterrestrial LSS, whether in orbit or on the surface of another body, requires the preparation and execution of exquisitely detailed plans. Requirements for the LSS -- the high degree of reliability, the interface with other nodes of the overall operation, and effective contingency plans -- all point to the many integration activities that must occur before and during construction. This study develops the preliminary plan for identifying efforts that will be required for LSS construction to support future Army initiatives in space including space defense systems. It provides a logical sequence of steps that can be followed whether the LSS are to be platforms unmanned or Stations unmanned. The complexity of this fielding plan suggested that an automated version would make it easier to implement. Such computer programs should consist of a hierarchical, multiple-track format and should be designed to serve developers at the top level overall management scheme to lower levels detailed, engineer usable information.
- Administration and Management
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Manned Spacecraft