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dc.contributor.advisorRacoosin, Charles M.
dc.contributor.authorHearne, Erin T.
dc.dateJun-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-08-01T16:51:39Z
dc.date.available2013-08-01T16:51:39Z
dc.date.issued2013-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/34676
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractIn 2001, the Air Force issued AFSPC 001-01, Mission Need Statement for Operationally Responsive Spacelift, identifying the need for a responsive launch system ready to launch and reach orbit within hours of call-up to deploy space assets in support of military operations. Current range operations include months and often years of pre-launch planning and infrastructure development in order to meet launch vehicle, customer, and safety constraints. This thesis studies the Air Forces limited ability to support small satellite launches into sun-synchronous low earth orbit in response to a Tier-2 ORS request, focusing on launching from a single range with two different small payload launch vehicles and investigates the potential for making spacelift more responsive. This investigation determined that the Air Force is not currently capable of launching either vehicle type within a seven day schedule due to a variety of doctrinal, procedural, and resource challenges and restrictions. This thesis presents several suggested changes and risk mitigation options for overcoming these shortfalls in equipment, personnel, and paperwork to increase the responsiveness of spacelift in support of the Air Force and DoD launch objectives.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/operationallyres1094534676
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. As such, it is in the public domain, and under the provisions of Title 17, United States Code, Section 105, may not be copyrighted.en_US
dc.titleOperationally responsive spacelift: supporting a seven-day launch scheduleen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderScott, Alan D.
dc.contributor.departmentSpace Systems Academic Group
dc.subject.authorOperationally Responsive Spaceen_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Space Systems Operationsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSpace Systems Operationsen_US


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