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Space Launch Systems Operations Simulations

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The term "simulation" is used here in the sense of an abstraction, an elaborate thought experiment, where mathematical formulas come together to create a predictive framework for the analysis and understanding of future systems. A simulation is different than a model, with simulations generally focusing on processes, especially "where" and "when" these occur, for example one test on a launch vehicle stage completing and another starting.


Objectives in these space launch and processing simulations:

  • Understand the effort and processes for preparing, launching and returning space transportation systems

  • Understand space transportation systems characteristics and processing in relation to the goal of significantly more routine and affordable access to space

The system includes:

  • The flight vehicle design, technology and technical characteristics

  • The ground infrastructure, facilities and equipment

  • The organization of government and industry partners; processes, practices and business approaches

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