Accession Number : AD0652458

Title :   AUTOMATIC CHECKOUT OF SPACE SYSTEMS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Mast,Lawrence T.

Report Date : MAY 1967

Pagination or Media Count : 17

Abstract : The extent of automation and the timing of its introduction in AGE should be the result of cost-effectiveness studies. The test plan, man-machine capabilities and limitations, alternative approaches, costs, and schedule influences should enter this study. The introduction of automatic AGE involves risks to the mission-success rate of a system. Moreover, the installation and checkout of automatic AGE is usually a troublesome, costly process. To minimize these dangers, a building-block approach to automation of AGE is recommended. The future will reveal an increasing use of automation in checkout and other launch-related areas. To accomplish this, exploitation of integrated circuits in onboard checkout equipment, extensive use of digital computation equipment, and advances in programming are needed. Integrated circuits with their impact on digital equipment and onboard checkout equipment are essentially with us. Large programming advances appear to be possible in the near future.

Descriptors :   (*GROUND SUPPORT EQUIPMENT, *SPACECRAFT), (*COST EFFECTIVENESS, *MANAGEMENT ENGINEERING), AUTOMATION, COSTS, CHECKOUT EQUIPMENT, LAUNCHING SITES, LAUNCH VEHICLES, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, MAN MACHINE SYSTEMS, INTEGRATED CIRCUITS, DIGITAL COMPUTERS, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING)

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE