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Space Launch Systems Operations Simulations - Processes

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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, proposed systems. A simulation is different than a model, as simulations focus on processes, and these tools "run" or simulate time running. For example, a spaceship can be represented moving from process A in one facility to process B in another facility.


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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Older (inactive) simulations include:

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