Examination of the benefits of standardized interfaces on space systems
Rhoades, Mark M.
MetadataShow full item record
Space systems today are highly customized systems for which standardized interfaces rarely exist. A majority of the cost can be attributed to nonrecurring engineering costs, since these systems are redesigned each time a space system is procured. As new space systems are developed, the usage of standardized interface can prove to be highly advantageous. The objective of the thesis is to identify key interfaces that can be standardized, and to determine whether the implementation of standardized interfaces on space systems can provide any added benefits such as cost savings, schedule reductions, and a rapid replenishment capability if a system was lost. A satellite functional analysis was performed using IDEF0 models, which indicated that multiple interfaces within each subsystem can be standardized. The biggest return on investment in terms of interface standardization would come from the Command and Data Handling and Electrical Power subsystem, since each component onboard will require, at a minimum, a single data and power interface. As a result of utilizing a standard interface, cost savings can be realized through efficiencies in design and manufacturing, and allow for a rapid replenishment capability for any systems that are lost due to any type of failure. The research concludes with recommendations for standardization by subsystem and function, based on the IDEF0 analysis.
RightsCopyright is reserved by the copyright owner.
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Norlander, Krist D. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2001-09);Several Department of Defense agencies are currently investigating the use of distributed collaborative virtual environments (CVE) for the training of small dismounted infantry teams. If these systems are to be successful, ...
Felt, Aaron J. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2014-12);This thesis solves the problem of a lack of a complete, simple ground station network interface standard. A federated satellite ground station network (FGN) model and computer interface are developed that extend the use ...
Funn, J.V.; Dutta, I. (Pergamon, 1998-12-11);The elevated temperature deformation behavior of interfaces in model single fiber composites was isolated and studied using a fiber push-down approach, whereby the interface is loaded in shear. Two fiber-matrix systems, ...