Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Operational Sciences
Alan W. Johnson, PhD
The Air Force uses a family of expendable launch vehicles to meet its spacelift needs. Unfortunately, this method is not responsive: months of preparation are typically required and launch costs are high. Consequently, the Air Force seeks a reusable military launch vehicle that can be launched inexpensively and quickly regenerated between flights. Air Force Research Laboratory personnel desire a tool to help evaluate candidate designs and perform tradeoff studies necessary to acquire a launch vehicle that will achieve Air Force goals. The objective of this research was first to develop a conceptual model of maintenance operations needed to regenerate a launch vehicle between flights, and then to translate this conceptual model into a discrete event simulation tool. This research was accomplished concurrently with Stiegelmeier, who focused on vehicle prelaunch operations.
DTIC Accession Number
Pope, John T. III, "Discrete event simulation Model of the Ground Maintenance Operations Cycle of a Reusable Launch Vehicle" (2006). Theses and Dissertations. 3428.