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Application of statistical process control and process capability analysis procedures in orbiter processing activities at the Kennedy Space CenterSuccessful ground processing at KSC requires that flight hardware and ground support equipment conform to specifications at tens of thousands of checkpoints. Knowledge of conformance is an essential requirement for launch. That knowledge of conformance at every requisite point does not, however, enable identification of past problems with equipment, or potential problem areas. This paper describes how the introduction of Statistical Process Control and Process Capability Analysis identification procedures into existing shuttle processing procedures can enable identification of potential problem areas and candidates for improvements to increase processing performance measures. Results of a case study describing application of the analysis procedures to Thermal Protection System processing are used to illustrate the benefits of the approaches described in the paper.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Legacy CDMS
Document Type
Conference Paper
Safford, Robert R.
(University of Central Florida Orlando., United States)
Jackson, Andrew E.
(University of Central Florida Orlando., United States)
Swart, William W.
(University of Central Florida Orlando., United States)
Barth, Timothy S.
(NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
September 6, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1994
Publication Information
Publication: NASA. Johnson Space Center, Seventh Annual Workshop on Space Operations Applications and Research (SOAR 1993), Volume 2
Subject Category
Quality Assurance And Reliability
Accession Number
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.
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