A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF FUTURE SPACE ORBITAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

dc.contributor.advisorRhoades, Mark M.
dc.contributor.advisorRomano, Marcello
dc.contributor.authorLong, Bryan P.
dc.contributor.departmentSystems Engineering (SE)
dc.date.accessioned2018-08-24T22:36:04Z
dc.date.available2018-08-24T22:36:04Z
dc.date.issued2018-06
dc.description.abstractThis thesis conducts a comparative analysis of future Orbital Transportation Systems (OTS). Near future rocket advancements are compared to future capabilities of a well-documented non–rocket based OTS, the space elevator transportation system. Technical and geopolitical impacts of both systems to future space exploration and the space industry are analyzed. Recent multiple new entrants into the space rocket industry are developing larger payload capacity rockets and driving down the cost per kg to orbit. These advances will lead to major improvements in the way spacecraft and satellite engineers will design their future systems with fewer payload constraints and lower total mission cost constraints. While beneficial, these advancements in rockets could have an adverse effect on the continuing efforts to develop alternate OTSs, such as the space elevator, by reducing the research and design (R&D) funding available for those systems. A space elevator offers the promise of consistent daily to-orbit transportation with a very large payload capacity at an extremely inexpensive cost. For these reasons, the space elevator system is worth the continued R&D investment to address major technical challenges in its continued development.en_US
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dc.description.serviceCivilian, Department of the Navyen_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/acomparativeanal1094559710
dc.identifier.thesisid29319
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10945/59710
dc.publisherMonterey, CA; Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.relation.ispartofseriesSystems Engineering Capstone Project Reports
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.subject.authorspace elevatoren_US
dc.subject.authormilitary satellite communityen_US
dc.subject.authorMILSATCOMen_US
dc.subject.authorcarbon nanotubeen_US
dc.titleA COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF FUTURE SPACE ORBITAL TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMSen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dspace.entity.typePublication
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSystems Engineering Managementen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Systems Engineering Managementen_US
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