DoD Space Based Requirements: Increasing DoD Access to Space
Research rept. Aug 1992-Apr 1993
INDUSTRIAL COLL OF THE ARMED FORCES WASHINGTON DC
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This paper concerns itself with an examination of DoDs need to expand space based capabilities to support military operations while focusing on the current launch environment as the greatest limiting factor to achieving expanded exploitation of space for DoD requirements. There is a discussion of existing launch systems, facilities and capacity as well as current and experimental efforts in both payload and launch vehicle technology. A description of commercial practices regarding payload and launch vehicle utilization is contrasted with DoDs approach and a projection of demand for launch access is compared against launch availability. An examination of certain technical, procedural and acquisition alternatives for improving launch capacity is presented concluding with selected low cost recommendations for achieving the objective of increasing the ability to access space.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Command, Control and Communications Systems