Date of Award
Master of Science in Aeronautical Engineering
Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Eric D. Swenson, PhD
Current government and industry standards in spacecraft testing result in an Assembly, Integration, and Test (AIT) timeline greater than six months. These standards will not support the vision of Operationally Responsive Space (ORS) to deploy a satellite within six days to fill an urgent need. Using the Air Force Research Laboratory’s Plug-and-Play Satellite (PnPSat), multiple Rapid AIT trials were conducted. By exercising the AIT process with various spacecraft configurations and personnel, methods for reducing or modifying traditional testing regimen were investigated.
DTIC Accession Number
Baghal, Lisa A., "Assembly, Integration, and Test Methods for Operationally Responsive Space Satellites" (2010). Theses and Dissertations. 2035.