Air Command and Staff College, Air University Maxwell Air Force Base United States
This paper will define Personnel Recovery PR and the construct in which the Department of Defense DoD currently operates and the proposed amendment to the manner in which Human Space Flight Support HSFS is conducted for all phases of space operations. There are requirements that currently exist in the construct for terrestrial PR operations and a HSFS program. The gap in coverage is when the space vehicle departs the Earth for operations in Low Earth Orbit LEO. There are challenges for conducting PR operations in space, but this proposed structure presents a new construct in which the commercial and DoD space activities can be supported.