Testing of Spacecraft in Long-Term Storage
TRW SYSTEMS GROUP REDONDO BEACH CA
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This paper addresses the problem of developing a storage and test policy which may be applied to equipment placed in long-term storage prior to utilization. A closed-form analytic solution is developed to aid in evaluating the characteristics of a given policy in terms of test efficiency, on time delivery, and subsequent reliable operation of the equipment in its intended application. The analysis model is described in detail a computer program based on the model is outlined and a flow diagram of its logic included. Problems associated with estimating valid input data are treated. An example of the application of the analysis to spacecraft is presented to fully illustrate the approach. Finally, the paper closes with a discussion of some of the many situations in which such a tool could be employed in a variety of industrial, research, and sports contexts.
- Containers and Packaging
- Unmanned Spacecraft
- Manned Spacecraft