The space shuttle : an attempt at low-cost, routine access to space
Wonch, Jeffrey D.
Lacer, Donald A.
Boger, Dan C.
MetadataShow full item record
This thesis examines the Space Shuttle's purpose of low-cost, routine access to space and how the lessons learned during the Space Shuttle program have affected the thinking on new heavy-fit launch systems. The thesis objective is to show the Space Shuttle was an attempt at developing a routine, low-cost access to space but, because of Shuttle-unique capabilities, cost-effective operations may never be realized with the Shuttle system. The Space Shuttle concept definition is addressed and the impact on design by DOD influence. The Space Shuttle developmental history is presented, and how budgetary constraints, coupled with NASA's desire to build a low-cost system resulted in over-runs in schedule and costs. The thesis looks at the operational period of the Space Shuttle, the use of Government subsidies to keep the price of a Shuttle launch artificially low, and the difficulties experienced by NASA in maintaining planned launch schedule. The Challenger accident resulted in restructure of U.S. space policy as well as how the Shuttle will be used in the future. In conclusion, lessons learned from the Space Shuttle program are presented that the next generation of space transportation systems can build upon.
Approved for public release; distribution unlimited.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Buehler, Matthew D. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2013-09);After having invested millions of dollars into the International Space Station (ISS) and retiring the Space Shuttle, NASA and the U.S. are in the rare position of not having an operational human space lift program to reach ...
Commemorating Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson ; The Hon. Michael G. Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania in the House of Representatives Fitzpatrick, Michael G. (United States Government Printing Office 732 North Capitol Street, NW, Washington, DC 20401-0025, 2011-10-04);Mr. FITZPATRICK. Mr. Speaker, today the Franklin Institute of Philadelphia and the NASTAR Foundation will kick off World Space Week by welcoming Shuttle Commander Chris Ferguson, who led the final U.S. shuttle mission to ...
Cameron, Charles B. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 1989-06);This thesis describes the potential use of a general-purpose controller autonomously to measure acoustic vibration in the Space Shuttle Cargo Bay during launch. The experimental package will be housed in a Shuttle Get ...