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Advanced Engineering Environments for Space Transportation System DevelopmentThere are significant challenges facing today's launch vehicle industry. Global competition, more complex products, geographically-distributed design teams, demands for lower cost, higher reliability and safer vehicles, and the need to incorporate the latest technologies quicker, all face the developer of a space transportation system. Within NASA, multiple technology development and demonstration projects are underway toward the objectives of safe, reliable, and affordable access to space. New information technologies offer promising opportunities to develop advanced engineering environments to meet these challenges. Significant advances in the state-of-the-art of aerospace engineering practice are envisioned in the areas of engineering design and analytical tools, cost and risk tools, collaborative engineering, and high-fidelity simulations early in the development cycle. At the Marshall Space Flight Center, work has begun on development of an advanced engineering environment specifically to support the design, modeling, and analysis of space transportation systems. This paper will give an overview of the challenges of developing space transportation systems in today's environment and subsequently discuss the advanced engineering environment and its anticipated benefits.
Document ID
Acquisition Source
Marshall Space Flight Center
Document Type
Thomas, L. Dale
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Smith, Charles A.
(NASA Marshall Space Flight Center Huntsville, AL United States)
Beveridge, James
(QTEC, Inc. United States)
Date Acquired
August 19, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 2000
Subject Category
Space Transportation And Safety
Meeting Information
Meeting: IAF Congress
Location: Rio de Janeiro
Country: Brazil
Start Date: October 1, 2000
Sponsors: International Astronautical Federation
Distribution Limits
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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