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dc.contributor.advisorTackett, Stephen
dc.contributor.authorPerry, Derick I. L.
dc.dateMarch 2015
dc.date.accessioned2015-05-06T19:17:54Z
dc.date.available2015-05-06T19:17:54Z
dc.date.issued2015-03
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/45240
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractThis thesis examines positive tools and techniques accessible and helpful to improving quality of the Reusable Launch Vehicle (RLV). Over the last three decades, NASA has directly been involved in developing modern and technologically improved RLVs. The technologies were projected to facilitate cheaper access to orbital space, as evidenced by its past X-programs and space launch initiatives. Different private firms have attempted and are still attempting to develop new RLVs for orbital space applications. The large development expenses of these kinds of systems, coupled with the downturn of the Low Earth Orbit market, have made development of RLVs, in particular by the commercial sector, increasingly difficult. For these reasons, most commercial space transportation firms have shifted their focus toward suborbital market opportunities, where the technical challenges are lower and market entry is less expensive. This thesis identifies techniques within Lean Aerospace Initiative that are employed by market players today and also best suited for the RLV effort. Additionally, this thesis provides a historical perspective of both RLV development efforts within the government and industry, as well as origins of modern quality teachings to establish a universally accepted foundation of knowledge, upon which further examination can be based.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/qualityinitiativ1094545240
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.titleQuality initiatives in the commercial development of reusable launch vehiclesen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderRhoades, Mark
dc.contributor.departmentSpace Systems Academic Group
dc.contributor.departmentSpace Systems Academic Groupen_US
dc.subject.authorCommercial Reusable Launch Vehicleen_US
dc.subject.authorLAIen_US
dc.subject.authorRLVen_US
dc.subject.authorLeanen_US
dc.subject.authorLean Advancement Initiativeen_US
dc.subject.authorLean Aerospace Initiativeen_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


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