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Space Shuttle Operations and Infrastructure: A Systems Analysis of Design Root Causes and EffectsThis NASA Technical Publication explores and documents the nature of Space Shuttle operations and its supporting infrastructure and addresses fundamental questions often asked of the Space Shuttle program why does it take so long to turnaround the Space Shuttle for flight and why does it cost so much? Further, the report provides an overview of the cause-and effect relationships between generic flight and ground system design characteristics and resulting operations by using actual cumulative maintenance task times as a relative measure of direct work content. In addition, this NASA TP provides an overview of how the Space Shuttle program's operational infrastructure extends and accumulates from these design characteristics. Finally, and most important, the report derives a set of generic needs from which designers can revolutionize space travel from the inside out by developing and maturing more operable and supportable systems.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Kennedy Space Center
Document Type
Technical Publication (TP)
McCleskey, Carey M.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 7, 2013
Publication Date
April 1, 2005
Subject Category
Systems Analysis And Operations Research
Report/Patent Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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