A flexible, modular approach to integrated space exploration campaign logistics modeling, simulation, and analysis
Author(s)Grogan, Paul Thomas, 1985-
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
Olivier L. de Weck.
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A space logistics modeling framework to support space exploration to remote environments is the target of research within the MIT Space Logistics Project. This thesis presents a revised and expanded framework providing capabilities to analyze a new set of explorations using a generalized resource flow through a time-expanded network to satisfy exploration demands. The framework is both flexible to model a wide range of destinations using mixed levels of fidelity and modular to enable future expansion through interfaces. The SpaceNet software tool implements the space logistics modeling framework, providing integrated modeling and simulation capabilities for quantitative space exploration campaign analysis. Discrete event simulation identifies logistical infeasibilities and provides quantitative measures of exploration effectiveness to guide trade studies or other campaign analyses. SpaceNet 2.5, a Java executable with an extensive graphical user interface, has been publicly released under an open source license. Four case studies are presented as examples of the modeling framework applied to relevant exploration campaigns. A resupply of the International Space Station from 2010-2015 includes 77 flights of seven different vehicles from six launch sites to investigate the supply capacity under existing resupply strategies. A near-Earth asteroid exploration details a two crew, 14-day tele-operated mission at 1999- AO10 to establish the feasibility requirements of using modified Constellation vehicle architectures. A lunar outpost exploration models the buildup of infrastructure and surface excursions leading to continuous human presence over 21 missions and seven years. Finally, a Mars surface exploration models the ten launches and in-space nuclear thermal rocket propulsion required to send a crew of four to the surface of Mars for a 531-day exploration. Finally, a usability experiment is presented to demonstrate the usability and efficiency of the SpaceNet tool as compared to independent analysis methods. Seven test subjects were tested, five using SpaceNet and two control subjects using spreadsheet-based methods, to analyze and establish the feasibility of a near-Earth object mission. The median SpaceNet subject required 35 minutes to complete the analysis, compared to a median of 113 minutes for the control subjects.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Aeronautics and Astronautics, 2010.This electronic version was submitted by the student author. The certified thesis is available in the Institute Archives and Special Collections.Cataloged from student submitted PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (p. 126-127).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Aeronautics and Astronautics.