Accession Number : ADA187128

Title :   Critical Issues for Establishment of a Permanently-Occupied Lunar Base.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF SYSTEMS AND LOGISTICS

Personal Author(s) : Kent, Paul C , II

PDF Url : ADA187128

Report Date : Sep 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 124

Abstract : The purpose of this study was to determine the critical issues for a potential lunar outpost by polling a group of experts knowledgeable about decision-making involving the allocation of large-scale resources. A Delphi exercise, is an iterative polling technique in which the group opinion is refined during successive iterations, while at the same time preserving the differing viewpoints among the group. The experts identified four critical issues: 1) demonstration of the value of a lunar base (e.g. cost effective lunar-based science, source of raw materials, technology spin-offs, etc.); 2) sustained political and financial support; 3) credibility of the government (i.e. NASA) in accomplishing such a large and complex program; 4) development of the military value of a lunar base. Keywords: Theses; Space stations; Space missions.

Descriptors :   *RESOURCE MANAGEMENT, *LUNAR BASES, *DELPHI TECHNIQUES, ALLOCATIONS, EXERCISE(PHYSIOLOGY), FINANCE, SPACE MISSIONS, ITERATIONS, COSTS, DEMONSTRATIONS, POLITICAL SCIENCE, SPACE STATIONS, THESES, DECISION MAKING, COST EFFECTIVENESS, SYSTEMS MANAGEMENT, MILITARY APPLICATIONS, FACTOR ANALYSIS

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Astronautics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE