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dc.contributor.advisorWelch, William
dc.contributor.authorBuehler, Matthew D.
dc.dateSep-13
dc.date.accessioned2013-11-20T23:35:54Z
dc.date.available2013-11-20T23:35:54Z
dc.date.issued2013-09
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/37590
dc.description.abstractAfter 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 the ISS or any location in space. This is truly an unusual time period in the history of NASA manned spaceflight. This thesis addresses the human spaceflight, Up Mass (launch a payload into space), and Down Mass (return payload from space) capabilities of the U.S. Space Shuttle and assesses options to regain these capabilities now that the Space Shuttle is retired. The research in this thesis was done with unclassified and public-domain information and was used to evaluate and propose options for mitigating the capability gaps left by the end of the United States Space Shuttle program. No current or planned system can fulfill all the capabilities that the Space Shuttle was able to provide. However, there are current/future domestic and foreign systems that can or will address these capabilities individually.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/replacementcapab1094537590
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. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleReplacement capability options for the United States Space Shuttleen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderClarke, Steven
dc.contributor.departmentSpace Systems Academic Group
dc.subject.authorSpace Shuttleen_US
dc.subject.authorCommercial Crew Development (CCDev)en_US
dc.subject.authorCommercial Crew Integrated Capability (CCiCap)en_US
dc.subject.authorCommercial Crew Program (CCP)en_US
dc.subject.authorCommercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS)en_US
dc.description.serviceCaptain, United States Air Forceen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Space Systems Operationsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineSpace Systems Operationsen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.description.distributionstatementApproved for public release; distribution is unlimited.


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