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Systems Analysis of In-Space Manufacturing Applications for the International Space Station and the Evolvable Mars CampaignMaintenance logistics support is a significant challenge for extended human operations in space, especially for missions beyond Low Earth Orbit (LEO). For missions to Mars (such as NASA's Evolvable Mars Campaign (EMC)), where timely resupply or abort in the event of emergency will not be possible, maintenance logistics mass is directly linked to the Probability of Loss of Crew (P(LoC)), and the cost of driving down risk is an exponential increase in mass requirements. The logistics support strategies that have maintained human operations in LEO will not be effective for these deep space missions. In-Space Manufacturing (ISM) is a promising technological solution that could reduce logistics requirements, mitigate risks, and augment operational capabilities, enabling Earth- independent human spaceflight. This paper reviews maintenance logistics challenges for spaceflight operations in LEO and beyond, and presents a summary of selected results from a systems analysis of potential ISM applications for the ISS and EMC. A quantitative modeling framework and sample assessment of maintenance logistics and risk reduction potential of this new technology is also presented and discussed.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Langley Research Center
Document Type
Conference Paper
Owens, Andrew C.
(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
De Weck, Olivier L.
(Massachusetts Inst. of Tech. Cambridge, MA, United States)
Date Acquired
September 30, 2016
Publication Date
September 13, 2016
Subject Category
Systems Analysis And Operations Research
Astronautics (General)
Report/Patent Number
Meeting Information
Meeting: AIAA Space 2016 Conference
Location: Long Beach, CA
Country: United States
Start Date: September 13, 2016
End Date: September 16, 2016
Sponsors: American Inst. of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Funding Number(s)
WBS: WBS 102434.01.16.03
Distribution Limits
Public Use Permitted.
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