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Why Major Programs Need Innovation Support Labs: An Example from the Space Shuttle Launch Program at KSCFor over 30 years the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) has processed the Space Shuttle; handling all hands-on aspects from receiving the Orbiter, External Tanks, Solid Rocket Booster Segments, and Payloads, through certification, check-out, and assembly, and ending with fueling, count-down, and launch. A team of thousands have worked this highly complicated, yet supremely organized, process and have, as a consequence, generated an exceptional amount of technology to solve a host of problems. This paper describes the contributions of one team that formed with the express purpose to help solve some of these diverse Shuttle ground processing problems.
Document ID
20110015805
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Youngquist, Robert C.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Starr, Stanley O.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Stevenson, G.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Rivera, Jorge E.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Sullivan, Steven J.
(NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 25, 2013
Publication Date
September 27, 2011
Subject Category
Ground Support Systems And Facilities (Space)
Report/Patent Number
KSC-2011-214
Meeting Information
AIAA Space 2011 Conference and Exposition(Long Beach, CA)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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