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launch site computer simulation and its application to processesThis paper provides an overview of computer simulation, the Lockheed developed STS Processing Model, and the application of computer simulation to a wide range of processes. The STS Processing Model is an icon driven model that uses commercial off the shelf software and a Macintosh personal computer. While it usually takes one year to process and launch 8 space shuttles, with the STS Processing Model this process is computer simulated in about 5 minutes. Facilities, orbiters, or ground support equipment can be added or deleted and the impact on launch rate, facility utilization, or other factors measured as desired. This same computer simulation technology can be used to simulate manufacturing, engineering, commercial, or business processes. The technology does not require an 'army' of software engineers to develop and operate, but instead can be used by the layman with only a minimal amount of training. Instead of making changes to a process and realizing the results after the fact, with computer simulation, changes can be made and processes perfected before they are implemented.
Document ID
19970009767
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Sham, Michael D.
(Lockheed Space Operations Co. Cocoa Beach, FL United States)
Date Acquired
August 17, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1995
Publication Information
Publication: A Collection of Technical Papers from the 6th Space Logistics Symposium
Subject Category
Systems Analysis
Report/Patent Number
AIAA Paper 95-0906
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Public Use Permitted.

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