Discrete Event Simulation Model of the Ground Maintenance Operations Cycle of a Reusable Launch Vehicle
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND MANAGEMENT
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The Air Force uses a family of expendable launch vehicles to meet its spacelift needs. Unfortunately, this method is not responsive months of preparation are typically required and launch costs are high. Consequently, the Air Force seeks a reusable military launch vehicle that can be launched inexpensively and quickly regenerated between flights. Air Force Research Laboratory personnel desire a tool to help evaluate candidate designs and perform tradeoff studies necessary to acquire a launch vehicle that will achieve Air Force goals. The objective of this research was first to develop a conceptual model of maintenance operations needed to regenerate a launch vehicle between flights, and then to translate this conceptual model into a discrete event simulation tool. This research was accomplished concurrently with Stiegelmeier, who focused on vehicle prelaunch operations.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
- Unmanned Spacecraft