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KSC ground operations planning for Space StationAt the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida, processing facilities are being built and activated to support the processing, checkout, and launch of Space Station elements. The generic capability of these facilities will be utilized to support resupply missions for payloads, life support services, and propellants for the 30-year life of the program. Special Ground Support Equipment (GSE) is being designed for Space Station hardware special handling requirements, and a Test, Checkout, and Monitoring System (TCMS) is under development to verify that the flight elements are ready for launch. The facilities and equipment used at KSC, along with the testing required to accomplish the mission, are described in detail to provide an understanding of the complexity of operations at the launch site. Assessments of hardware processing flows through KSC are being conducted to minimize the processing flow times for each hardware element. Baseline operations plans and the changes made to improve operations and reduce costs are described, recognizing that efficient ground operations are a major key to success of the Space Station.
Document ID
19940034608
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Lyon, J. R. (NASA John F. Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Revesz, W., Jr. (NASA Kennedy Space Center Cocoa Beach, FL, United States)
Date Acquired
August 16, 2013
Publication Date
October 1, 1993
Subject Category
GROUND SUPPORT SYSTEMS AND FACILITIES (SPACE)
Report/Patent Number
IAF PAPER 93-514
Meeting Information
IAF, International Astronautical Congress(Graz)
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Other