SAN DIEGO, Oct. 17 -- The Logistics Management Institute issued the following news release:
As NASA develops the technologies and innovations to launch the next generation of rockets and spacecraft, the agency should leverage readiness-based sparing (RBS) techniques that are currently deployed successfully by the Department of Defense (DoD), according to LMI researchers investigating space exploration logistics. The findings are part of NASA-funded research presented at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics' SPACE 2013 conference in San Diego.
The research, authored by LMI logistics experts Julie Castilho, David Peterson, Ph.D., Tovey Bachman, Ph.D., and Rob Kline, explores the benefits of RBS as a way to extend systems-based sparing capabilities to NASA's critical launch-support ground systems in order to achieve the right balance of effectiveness and affordability.
According to the researchers,
"Using RBS techniques to develop support strategies and sparing recommendations for NASA ground support systems is both practical and feasible. In the DoD, affordability is often defined as 'the degree to which the life-cycle cost of an acquisition program is in consonance with the long-range modernization, force structure, and manpower plans of the individual DoD components, as well as for the Department as a whole.' This definition is equally applicable to other federal agencies"
The authors establish an RBS process that "provides NASA logisticians with a pragmatic and independent 'analytical sandbox' that enables them to better quantify the cost vs. performance trade space," using LMI's ASM(R) Sparing Model.
LMI is the industry leader for developing the logistics of space exploration, releasing critically acclaimed analysis of lunar supply chain logistics.
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